Originally Posted by Remeniz
Some manufactures state that you should use the 2x4 pin and 2x12 connector with CPU's rated at 130W although you can use 2x2 and 2x10 connectors with lesser rated systems.
Go here and DL the manual
. Have a look at page 23.
I looked at that page in the actual manual, and from what I could tell from it is that the motherboard takes the 20+4pin and the EPS for the CPU takes the 4pin (except in the extreme edition CPU instance where it takes the 130watt pin that is not supplied with my PSU)
What I am confused most about is why would the PS fry when I am pretty sure there was less of a demand of power than what is being supplied. Ive never seen this happen before in any of my builds; the worst Ive had is a fried CPU but even then, there were no sparks or shorts out of anything.
I will supply more information about the PSU when I get home to check it out.
Any past experience from people would be much appreciated on this,
Problem fixed but I changed two factors so I'm not a hundred percent sure what fixed it. I bought a new PSU, an Antec Earthwatts 650, which had the 8 Pin EPS along with a 20+4pin which essentially filled out all necessary power management for CPU and MB. I also noticed that the one stick of memory was in slot 3 instead of slot 1. So I added another stick and put them into the correct slots.
When I booted for the first time, there were no problems, no sparks, and everything seems fine. So some combo of the two fixed it, but I have a hunch it was more of a power supply issue