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Bought a HD 7870 XT. The PCI cable is short by a few cm!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GbeTech, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. GbeTech

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    Pull the cables back down, cut off any cable ties, and route/connect the cables so that they reach the video card without feeding it behind the back panel if necessary but if the one reaches the way it's routed than the other one should too once done properly. You can probably get a better view of the cables if you take the other side panel off. Be sure to use the top PCI-Express x16 slot.

    What's the wattage of your current PSU? Is it sufficient for the new 7870 XT?
     
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    Mmmmm.. Seasonic.. Good choice.

    I would suggest removing the front-most zip-tie and moving the PCI-e cables a little further backwards. Right now, you have the few extra cm's behind your hard drive bays.
     
  4. GbeTech

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    Thanks guys. Especially Triple6 since I already did my thing before Simba posted (y)

    Instead of rerouting the cable, I just cut the ties early on, so it's got less twisted = more length. (my hands are cut and scratched all over)
    Does this look right?

    500W power btw
    http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/4205/img3111we.jpg


    Also, in the process I disconnected the "lower" HD. I'm not sure I reconnected it properly?
     
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    Some hard drives do not like to run up-side down. Just a head's up.
    It does look good, but keep on eye on the PSU. 500w is kinda pushing it for that card.

    I was going to suggest moving the PCI-e cable here, though.
     

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    It looks like you could route that cable behind with the other one if you wanted to clean up the look of it.

    What motherboard do you have? I just want to be sure that bottom PCI-Express x16 slot is a full 16 lane slot, sometimes they are only physically that size but are an x8 slot.

    500 watt is the minimum recommended for that card, at least you have a quality brand.
     
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    *looks at the first pic*

    Yep.. That is an x8 slot. You can tell because the pins are only half of the entire slot. Then you look at the slot above that, the pins go up the entire slot.
     

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    Yup, good catch.

    So you'll want to move that card to the top slot to get the most out of the card.
     
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    Thanks a lot guys. Relocated the card in the top slot.
    This forum never ceases to amaze me!
     
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