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  1. Posts : 386
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    New Builder Tips


    Hi guys. My current setup is a custom build that my friend put together for me. Unfortunately he passed away and i didn't get a chance to learn how to remove parts/replace parts etc. I was just wondering, is it an easy process?

    I have an AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPU and i can only see two wires (PCI-E) coming from it. I imagine its going to the Power Supply but i'm unsure. Thats just a generic thing though but i want to be independant you see and just wanted some tips on if its easy etc
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  2. Posts : 1,096
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    Not too familiar with AMD gpu's but they would be drawing power directly from the PSU. Every PSU I have owned has most if not all the plugins labeled. For instance it would have something there telling you that these particulars plugins are for PCIe, this one for CPU power and so on.
    Use google to find out any particulars you may need to know about your PSU. It should have the make, size and such some where on the side of the PSU.
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  3. Posts : 386
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    Many thanks for the reply. I was always a bit tentative about building at first as i always imagined there'd be a lot of messing about with screws etc but my friend who has experience in the area says its more wiring than screws.
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  4. Posts : 1,096
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    Best thing about most of the wiring is that you can only plug it into one spot. It's made for a particular spot and will only fit there. Just take your time and use some common sense along with google search and you will do fine. :)

    Tinkering is a good way to learn, it is how i suspect most of us learned about this stuff. Best of luck and happy holidays AntJac.
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  5. Posts : 386
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    Many thanks man. I can't seem to find the Manual/Installation book for my GPU and cant seem to find it anywhere on the web either. Bit of a pain. Its an AMD Radeon HD 7970. Has 3 fans on the back. Might contact AMD
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  6. Posts : 19,256
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    Just one thing, "AMD Radeon HD 7970", is generic mane, you should also find it's true manufacturer when you go looking for it's manual. Could be any make like, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, EVGA etc and they could have modified basic design to some extent.
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  7. Posts : 7,257
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    There are plenty of how to build a pc tutorials on Youtube. One of the better ones is LinusTechTips who has several how-to guides on his channel.
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  8. Posts : 386
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    Many thanks for the reply guys. Looked and found a manual for it. It's an MSI Radeon HD 7970. Apparently it's one of the better higher end cards so should be OK for a while touch wood! I'm actually surprised at how simple it is to connect up according to the instruction book. Just two PCI-E connectors connecting to the power supply. (Unless I'm missing something else entirely
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  9. Posts : 19,256
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    AntJac said:
    Many thanks for the reply guys. Looked and found a manual for it. It's an MSI Radeon HD 7970. Apparently it's one of the better higher end cards so should be OK for a while touch wood! I'm actually surprised at how simple it is to connect up according to the instruction book. Just two PCI-E connectors connecting to the power supply. (Unless I'm missing something else entirely
    No, that's enough connectors. Now watch if you are taking that GU out, At the base, on the PCIe slot where it plugs in, there should be a plastic hook/leaver that should be moved (Pressed or pulled one way or other), check MB manual for that one. Many have problems with it.
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  10. Posts : 386
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    I honestly thought when building a PC, you'd need like 200 screws. But a lot of people have said you only need 20-30 tops. A lot of the components have their own wiring and own socket in the PSU.

    Kicking myself now at how tentative i have been for last decade to get into it.
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