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Windows 7: Poor Gaming Performance

22 Dec 2010   #41
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 

Excellent. Okay, I'm going to order the XFX/ATI Radeon HD 5670, and the Corsair CX500 (just to be on the safe side), and see how I get on.

Many thanks for all your help
SlackerITGuy, Solarstarshines, Wishmaster, WolfSoul and stormy13.

P.S. Watch this space for desperate cries for help while installing.






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22 Dec 2010   #42
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One thing you can do when changing out the power supply that will make it much easier, as you remove the connectors from the motherboard and anywhere they are connected put twist tie and a small label on each. Then when you put the new one in use the labels on the old as a reference as to where to connect everything.
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22 Dec 2010   #43
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 

Ahh, good tip! I'll definitely do that. It's a bit of an awkward space to work in, I had the side off the tower earlier, and it's not the most accessible innards I've ever seen. It's going to be difficult to work in there unless I can remove the metal frame which blocks off the motherboard, pretty much. I might post some pics later.
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24 Dec 2010   #44
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 

Run into some problems, I'm afraid!

I got the new PSU today, and immediately set to installing it. I got the machine opened up fine, got the original PSU out. Initially I had problems because the new PSU isn't as deep as the original one, and it wouldn't quite fit the space in the chassis, but I managed to get it in, if a little unsatisfactorily. Then, when I was putting the new one in I put all the cables in the right places, connected the peripherals, the 12 pin plug into the motherboard, etc. I discovered that I was missing a cable. There's an 8 pin male socket on the motherboard, just under the 12 pin socket, which I removed an 8 pin female from when I took the original PSU out. There isn't a corresponding plug on the new PSU. There's one that's the same shape, but it's only a 4-pin female. I found another male socket on the motherboard which had a matching 4-pin, so I plugged it in there and hoped for the best. So, I plugged in the machine and flicked the switch on at the mains, then the PSU, then on the PC. Nothing happened, except a faint, high-pitched whine from the PSU which lasted after I switched off the PSU and the mains.

What on Earth is going on here?!

I've removed the new PSU, put the old one back, and got the PC running again (as you can probably tell, since I'm posting to this thread using it). Below I've attached some pictures, since I haven't a clue what these cables are for, and I'd fail at describing them:

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[Another cable which I didn't find a use for. What is it for?]

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[The 4-pin female which]

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[The 4-pin female which]


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24 Dec 2010   #45
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

The first one is power for IDE connection hhd dvd/burner drive

The other 2 look like a power adapter for the floppy drive and the other one could be for the usb but from here

it looks like ide and floppy power cords those will defenitly not help you getting the rig on unless your useing that stuff
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24 Dec 2010   #46
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To help take out the guess work (click on Resources),

Welcome to Corsair :: Builder Series CX500 Power Supply

The first is a 4 pin molex, and in addition to IDE hard drives is also used on IDE CD/DVD drives, the odd case fan, and some older (usually AGP) video cards.

The second looks like the same connector only from a different angle, which as Solarstarshines said is a floppy power connector (and was also used on some video cards, I have an old Radeon 9800 Pro that uses one).

For any extra cables that don't have any of the connectors being used you can stuff them in an empty drive bay, or if room up in the top of the case sort of like this,

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25 Dec 2010   #47
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

I don't think you need to plug in that 8-pin.. and like the others said those 2 on the pics are for disks, fans and floppy If you only use SATA drives you won't need these

Did you manage to get this one into the connector on your board?
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25 Dec 2010   #48
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

Alright.. I found a technical scheme drawing of your board.. the 8-pin you noticed is for fan-control
The CX500 doesn't have that option so don't connect it, just connect ATX 12-pin and 4-pin


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27 Dec 2010   #49
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WolfSoul View Post
I don't think you need to plug in that 8-pin.. and like the others said those 2 on the pics are for disks, fans and floppy If you only use SATA drives you won't need these

Did you manage to get this one into the connector on your board?
Okay! So far, so good! I got that one into the connector, it was a 4-pin socket on the board, so I split the 8-pin connecter as directed in the instructions that came with the machine, and plugged it in.

Judging by what's been said, I've plugged all the necessary connectors into the right places, so, any ideas why the PSU isn't working?
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27 Dec 2010   #50
DeniqueCoelum

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1
 
 

Cancel that! I put the PSU back in, and didn't plug in the connector shown in the 2nd and 3rd photos in my post above, and it's working fine now. Fantastic! Thanks guys, you've been a great help. Hopefully I'll be able to install the video card without too much difficulty, fingers crossed.
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