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Old 05-24-2015, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys.

Building a new PC and I currently have all the parts. The one issue I am having is that I need to put it all together.

My main problem is that the case I have (Thermaltake Chaser A71) has four fans.

My motherboard does not appear to have enough room for said fans. (Pics included)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1...68522141824961

As you may have already figured out from the nature of my issue I am not exactly experienced at this kind of thing.

I may also have an issue with the length of provided SATA cord. I cant connect my SSD, HDD, and CD Drive.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What motherboard do you have?

All those at the bottom, aren't for fans. The F_USB is for the case's USB ports. The F_PANEL header is for the power button, reset button, and LED's.

The fan connectors should be labeled as "FAN" on the board.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup just covering all bases.
This is the motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (GA-B75M-D3H) - PCPartPicker
Here is a pic of the "fan" slots:


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Old 05-24-2015, 07:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Aw crap! The fan connectors for the case fans are all three pins while the one on the motherboard is a four pin! How could I overlook that?!

I need a splitter cable too apparently. The motherboard has ONE fan slot.

Is there an adapter/splitter for this kind of problem?
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The CPU_FAN is for your CPU heatsink's fan.
The SYS_FAN will work for 1 of the case fans.

If you want to hook the other case fans up, then you'll need to buy 3-pin (or 4-pin) to molex cables.

Edit: just saw your 2nd post - you can plug a 3pin fan into a 4-pin slot. Just plug it onto the first 3 pins, where the plastic connector is located.
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The CPU_FAN is for your CPU heatsink's fan.
The SYS_FAN will work for 1 of the case fans.

If you want to hook the other case fans up, then you'll need to buy 3-pin (or 4-pin) to molex cables.

Edit: just saw your 2nd post - you can plug a 3pin fan into a 4-pin slot. Just plug it onto the first 3 pins, where the plastic connector is located.
Thank god! I thought I was royally screwed.

Do you have any recommendation on the splitter cable?
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Evercool EC-DF003 5.9" Multi-Fan Adapter With Speed Reduction - Newegg.com
For Molex

Or to split off of 1 3-pin (or 4 pin) from the board:
BitFenix BFA-MSC-3F33F60RK-RP 23.62" (60cm) Fan Adapter Cable M-F - Newegg.com
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Thanks, I found one that goes with my color scheme a little better for the same price.

I am gonna have to sleep before putting this thing together the rest of the way because it feels like my head is about to split.
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Were you able to get the "new toy" put together?
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Are you saying your SATA data or power cables are not long enough?

The case itself appears to be full ATX, but the motherboard is Micro ATX, this isn't a problem as such, as the Micro ATX boards do fit into big cases, but the chances are, the cable supplied with the Micro ATX board is sized as expecting a Micro ATX case (ie, it's too short ).

Not to worry though, SATA data cables are really cheap and you can pick up some longer ones for a few quid, just make sure you buy cables that are long enough or you'll be back where you started!
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