Video card/CPU power question

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Hey everyone.


I've heard lots of good things about this site, and I've already learnt one reason why my new build may not be working.

I got a GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R and put an i7 on it, and have an evga geforce gtx 260 on it, 3x2gb memory on a 750w psu. It's my first time building, and come the moment of truth, the fans on the case spun up, the CPU fan spun up....but I got no beeps or video signal. I checked the video card and the fan was not running on it. Both PCI-e plugs are plugged into the psu. I saw there was a little two pin connector labeled "spcid-gnd" or something like that and there were two places I could reach with the included wire to plug it in. I just left it off since I didn't want to plug it into the wrong one (could be my first problem)


Now, after looking at the sticky checklist, I have realized that I did, in fact, neglect to plug in the CPU power. However, would this prevent the video card fan from spinning up? I would think that having it powered would still have the fan spin up. Also, could someone tell me where to connect that little other connector? I don't want to put it on something wrong and short out the MB or the video card.

Thank you very much!
 

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Ah, by the way, little connector I'm asking about is the s/pdif cable, so that may help. I'm hoping/guessing that it's the one next to the chip labeled spdif_0?
 

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Ah, sorry, I actually finally found something saying that the s/pdif is totally unnecessary.

So my question is simply: does not having power to the processor mean the fan on the video card might not spin up? I can't test it till I get home, and I'd like to not be stressed out thinking that my card was broken or I broke it.
 

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I hate bumping my own thread so much, but I'd really like to know if I should be excited to go home and test this, or upset and ready to set up an RMA.
 

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Awesome, thank you! That was what I was looking for exactly...I didn't know if a command to start the fan spinning was granted through BIOS/POST or if it would just turn on based on the fact that there was power provided to it and the mobo.
 

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JTT283 was completely right.

I must now hang my head in shame, considering that the reason my computer was not working was that "it was not plugged in".