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Old 12-18-2008, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New build, 4 pin CPU power to 8 pin?

Doing a build for a friends PC that recently died, using this motherboard.
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Using this Hiper 580W power supply which only has a 4 pin CPU connector for the mainboard.
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Can I use the 4 pin connector and be fine? Or will I need an adapter? Also, if I need an adapter and anyone can link a decent one from NewEgg?

Thanks for any help!
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You can just use the 4 pin.
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Default Re: New build, 4 pin CPU power to 8 pin?

What cpu are you using?
This is a much better board for $20 more
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Already have this CPU on hand.
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

I could read the specs, but why is that board better? I have no problem spending a few extra bucks for better quality.

And thanks Nderscore, I'll use the 4-pin on the 8-pin, I'm sure the Hiper will put out enough power, just didn't know if it could be done without an adapter.
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Newegg.com - APEVIA 9.5" 4 Pin P4 /12V to 8 Pin P8 /12V Power Supply Converter Cable Model CVT48 - Cables

the 8 pin is there for a reason. the adapter doesnt really do what an P8 direct from the PSU does, but it does have 8 pins. the adapter may help stability a little. a PSU with a P8 plug would probably help stability substantially.
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Default Re: New build, 4 pin CPU power to 8 pin?

So is it really worth buying a new PSU? The HiperX 580 seems like it would be plenty, just that 4 pin versus 8 pin. Are there any decent 775 motherboards with a 4 pin connector? Just trying to cut some costs.

Is this a decent motherboard? I see it has the 4 pin CPU connector.
Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q SE/R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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Default Re: New build, 4 pin CPU power to 8 pin?

Other then the fact it has one PCI-Express slot. Yes, it is a pretty decent motherboard.

It has two things going for it, its P5Q, and the fact that its from Asus.
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Default Re: New build, 4 pin CPU power to 8 pin?

I would go for my reccomendation over the asus as its supposedly more reliable gets better overclocks and has more functionality; more sata ports, more connection ports and a better onboard audio chipset. Why is it better then your original board well its the upgrade chipset the p45 + comes with extra features its an abslute bargain. If its dual core then its 65W usually and you only need a 4pin plug, the 8 pin is to provide a more stable power transfer for the usually higher wattage quads. You will also need an aftermarket cpu cooler like the sunbeam core contact freezer or tuniq tower (if it will fit).

The upgrade to your cpu isthe E7300 then the E8400 they do increase performance but if that stretches your budget a bit out of your comfort zone dw they don't increase performance enough to warrant going out of house and home.
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