Spr 16:26 16 Apr 2006

I am using windows xp

I have just purchased a new PSU it has a 24 pin connection but my motherboard has only 20 pin connection

It has the 24 pin BTX Power in red & the 20 pin ATX Power in blue.

Do I cut off the extra pins so it will fit, if so do I just tie back the spare pins cable

Running the Belarc it tells me my main circuit board is as below

Board: MICRO-STAR INC. MS-6580 20A
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. V3.3 1/18/2002 10/14/02
it there anything else I should look out for other then earthing etc

  Mr Mistoffelees 16:32 16 Apr 2006

"Do I cut off the extra pins so it will fit, if so do I just tie back the spare pins cable"

That should be perfectly OK, just as long as you make sure to cut off the right ones. If you buy a new motherboard in the future that needs all 24 pins you will still be able to plug them all in.

  Rayuk 17:01 16 Apr 2006

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  keith-236134 17:11 16 Apr 2006

Drill more holes

  DrScott 17:24 16 Apr 2006

Buy a 24pin to 20pin converter - easiest and safer way. Scan do them (click here) but their delivery charge is £7 - Froogle may well throw up some cheaper offers.

  woodchip 17:30 16 Apr 2006

The PSU normaly come with 20 pin addapter

  citadel 19:28 16 Apr 2006

on my psu the 20pin has a 4pin next to it, if you want 24 you just press them together. I thought this was the standard for new psu's.

  Wak 22:35 16 Apr 2006

I recently bought and fitted a new PSU.
This had a 24 pin connector but the 4 extra pins at one end were a separate attachment and simply slid off so that it then fitted into the original 20 pin socket. I just tied the 4 pins back to the main cable as they were not required.

  Totally-braindead 22:56 16 Apr 2006

I'm with the others on this Spr check that the extra plugs don't just slide off, they do on the last 2 power supplies I bought.

  Spr 09:38 17 Apr 2006

You are correct the last 4 pin just slide off
Thanks for all the help

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