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Hi, all. I've been prowling these forums for years, but this is my first official post. I recently built myself a new gaming rig and everything went swimmingly except for one little detail: I could not for the life of me get the 24-pin connector cable to latch properly. I've dealt with stubborn 24s before, but this one is actually impossible. I wiggled up and down, reduced cable tension, checked pin condition in both the male and female plugs (though it was admittedly hard to tell if anything was off), all that jazz. Even when I sullenly resorted to brute force and pushed it all the way into the socket the latch would not engage. After a few hours of fruitless effort, I decided to simply leave it unlatched. It isn't completely in the socket, but it's deep enough that it has provided power for 20 or so hours of heavy gaming this week. The system has been operating normally, but it still sort of bugs me that the plug isn't latched.

I do not want to mess with the socket any more without knowing ahead of time that the tactic will work for fear of breaking the mobo, and I'm frankly not interested in being without my computer while doing an RMA on the mobo or PSU if it can be avoided. That brings me to three questions:

1. If the computer is behaving normally and serving it's purpose (running modern games on ultra), do I need to be concerned about the unlatched 24-pin?

2. Does the connector being very slightly off of flush (perhaps a few millimeters) with the socket and unlatched have any effect on the motherboard's ability to draw power? If so, could this cause my more expensive components (GPU, CPU) to die slowly of power starvation? Or is it the case that if the mobo wasn't receiving enough power it simply wouldn't run the components?

3. What is the worst case scenario here? If the plug comes out because of fan vibrations (haven't noticed any perceptible movement in 7 days of use), will it simply shut down the computer abruptly or could it fry components? Could it cause something else entirely that I don't know about?

My fellow real-life geeks have given me some pretty conflicting opinions on this, so I thought I'd put it to the experts here. Please bear in mind that I'm not interested in doing an RMA or attempting to force the connection any further unless there's a real (and documented) risk of damage to my pricey parts, though I obviously will if there is. Thanks in advance!

System Specs:
Case: Corsair 600T (with four 120mm + one 200mm intake fans, one 120mm + one 200mm exhaust fans)
Motherboard: 970A-G46 AM3+ ATX
Processor: FX 6300 Black Edition 3.5GHz Six-Core Socket AM3+ (w/ Hyper 212)
GPU: GV-R787OC-2GD AMD Radeon HD 7870 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel
PSU: Corsair CX Series CX750 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST Internal DVD±R/RW Burner - OEM
HDD: Toshiba 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive DT01ACA100

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If it works, it is obviously making sufficient contact. Would I leave it as is, no.
Either the Mobo or the PSU connection is apparently faulty. Neither brands are the best quality so it's a toss up. The MSI Mobo would be the most suspect to me.
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