Cabling questions


May 17, 2009
I have 2 ribbon cables that came with my motherboard - one is an IDE cable and the other is a floppy drive cable. I don't have a floppy drive so I am not concerned about that one, but what is the IDE cable for? I can't find any edge connectors on the vid card, hard drive, or dvd unit, so I am wondering if it is not required with my build.

Also, the corsair psu has any 8 pin EPS12V connector that I plugged into the ATX_12V_2X connector on the motherboard.
I assumed that was where it went because they are both 8 pin connectors - was I correct?

Here are the specs for my new build, just finished up this morning:

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7 Intel X58 ATX Motherboard
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260
i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12 Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Black 22X 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner
Antec Twelve Hundred Case


Jun 27, 2009
IDE is an older interface for storage devices like hard disks and optical drives. Since your hard drive and DVD burner both use SATA, you will not need the IDE connector. You have the right idea about the power connector.