Almost finished with the build....haven't flipped the red switch yet. I only have two questions so far.
1) What to do with the red front SATA cable coming from my case. CoolerMaster Haf 932 ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen 3
2) On my Western Digital hard drive, there is an extra connection on the back an 8 pin male. Not sure what connector fits over that, if any.
1) it's for the eSATA port on the front of your case. Look in the manual, for the SATA connector on your motherboard that can be changed in the BIOS to eSATA.
Also, set your BIOS to AHCI as it is the newer more advanced SATA standard.
2) Disregard that connector. Not used by 'us'.
JAMF, not sure how to change the BIOS to AHCI right now. I just plugged the cord into one of the ports with the rest of the SATA connections.
HOWEVER....I'm happy to report that SHE'S BREATHING!!!!!!! All of the plugs are in, got the POST boot, all fans are running, LEDS are lit, beeped at me and everything! I can't tell you how relieved and happy I am. There's a palpable sense of my being proud of myself. I couldn't have done it without Paul's vids from Newegg but I still did it, with some help from you guys. I'm sure I'll have some more questions a about drivers and such, but it's done. I've got a spare parts box now not to mention a destroyed kitchen! haha I took a bunch of pics along the way so I'll get them up when I can (do you have to host pics?).
Thanks again guys...I'm going to sit down for a minute and catch my breath.