I am building my unit from scratch and so far all I have is the MB, PS, CPU, and 64GB DDMR4. When I power it up (no monitor or input) the CPU Cooling Fan does not come on - so I assume either the fan is broken or my scratch needs something else to start the fan. The 'experts' at the hardware store tell me all I need is a graphics card - then the fan will run.

So I found my perfect card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 6600 XT Eagle 8G Graphics Card, WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System, 8GB 128-bit GDDR6, GV-R66XTEAGLE-8GD Video Card. It (like the MB) is made by Gigabyte - but my specs say that the Ryzen 5 supports PCle 4.0 x16.

I need some really good 'gamer' expertise here. Does the RX 6600 XT Eagle comply with the PCle 4.0 x16 specification standard?

p.s. I have not got to the SSD or SATA drives yet.

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    I dont think this is really on topic here. Maybe superuser.com is more appropriate. But your CPU cooler fan should still turn on without a graphics processor - unless it's temperature based, but usually the main CPU fan will always be spinning.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Feb 11 at 15:39
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    @Joachim, I disagree. A GPU may be used for gaming, but it may just as well be used for CAD, Machine Learning, cryptocurrency mining, etc. It is therefore not gaming specific.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Feb 11 at 17:01
  • I apologize, I thought a gamer was not only a person that played games - but someone who had an intimate knowledge of the hardware the games were using. I guess you all are less mechanics than you are drivers. p.s. really great racecar drivers know their cars inside and out. Peace. Commented Feb 11 at 17:31
  • @DaveFashenpour, no need to apologize. You are new here, and are still getting used to how this site works. Consider taking the tour to gain a better understanding of what kind of questions you can or can't ask here. Keep in mind that even the best racecar drivers likely won't appreciate being asked about anything not directly relevant to their race during a pit stop.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Feb 11 at 18:37
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is off-topic here.
    – Joachim
    Commented Feb 17 at 18:23


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