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Super stoked on this build! Some of my favorite things: Redbull, caselabs cases, lots of custom sleeving (both paracord and nylon), and hugely fast parts!

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Hey guys, in this update ill show you all how I made my very own Fan Power Board & LED RGB Strip board, which will be broken down into two parts (Fan & LED board).

A Fan Power Board is pretty much a block of fan headers that powers your fans.
A Fan Controller that you normally see on the front panels of computer cases only allows for an average of 4 channels only allowing you to control 4fans unless you buy Y cables and such.

All of the pieces I needed to create this guide was provided by FTWPC.com
All of the tools & bits I needed were provided by Performance-PCs.com
Ill provide links to the items so you can easily purchase them.

If you were to have a water cooling setup usually 3-4fans on each rad you could control all of those fans on one controller since the fans would be identical.
For my build ill be using
CH1 - CPU/Mobo loop (3 GT AP-15 fans on my RX360 Rad for push)
CH2 - GPU loop (3 GT AP-15 fans on my RX360 Rad for push)
CH3 - Case Labs intake fans (5 YateLoon HighSpeed on the front)
CH4 - Rear intake fan (just one NZXT fan)

Now with this guide you can easily set up however many you want on each channel.
The only requirements is that theres enough wattage to power your fans.
Most fan controllers are usually 20-30Watts* which is more than enough to power about 10fans on each CH.
(why all fan controllers only have one fan header on each channel is probably so that more people buy more fan controllers since most dont know that making your own power board isn't hard at all)

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Things you'll need are the following:
Soldering Iron (butane or electrical doesn't matter, usually 15-30watt versions are more than enough)
PC Board (pre-soldered) (easier if the holes on the PC board are already pre-soldered so you can easily attach your Fan Headers)
Helping Hands (helps free your hands while you solder/place wires)
Wire Stripper
Needle nose pliers
Rosin Core Solder
Hook-Up Copper wire SOLID (not stranded like most cables used for ATX-etc pins).
28AWG Stranded (for wiring to your Fan Controller & Switches)
Fan Pins (for connecting to your Fan Controller & LED lights)
3Pin Female Fan Housing (for connecting to your Fan Controller)
3Pin Male Fan Header (for your Fan Power Board)
4Pin Female Fan Housing (for connecting your LED strips)
4Pin Male Fan Header (for your LED Power Board)
Crimping tool (for your Fan Pins) Which im sure most of you know how to use this since you have all crimped extension cables and such, so I will not show you HOW TO CRIMP, since that can easily be looked up on here for those of you that are unaware.
Rocker Switch (optional if you want to control where your LED lights go on-off ie. Interior/Exterior/HD area or everywhere. I am using two)
And some electrical & masking tape which im sure all of you have tongue.gif


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In this photo you'll see what kind of Rosin-Core im using as well as what a solid copper hook-up wire should look like.

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Ive complied both Fan & LED power board onto one PC board that way I can easily use an empty HD slot to house all of the wiring for a clean minimal look. (depending on your PC board you'll need to cut and drill holes to see where you want your power board mounted). I took an old USB/Flash card reader and only used its housing to mount my board.
Hard drive is for reference to size.

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This is what a standard pre-soldered PC board looks like.

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I applied strips of tape onto the aligator clips on my helping hands to prevent the teeth from biting into my painted PC board.
I also applied light coats of black spray paint on it to give it a stealthy look. This is easily done by applying masking tape on the solder side and applying 2-3 light coats.

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I then placed where I want to mount the fan headers

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In order to keep the headers in place I applied masking tape to prevent from falling off when its flipped upside down.

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Using a thin flat head I pressed the tape down to make sure it is firmly in place.

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Tape I used is Tamiya Modelers tape (any masking tape will do).

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Before applying some solder to the pins.

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I also like to use a paper plate + a damp paper towel under where I work since there are oils/carbon and such that spit out when working with a soldering iron.

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After applying solder to the fan header pins.

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I then cut a piece of hook-up wire and straighten and strip one side.

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Which should look like this, since ill be using the hook-up wire to hook up the 3-5headers on each CH.
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What the wires should look like.

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I then place the wire in a zigzag pattern around the first row of pins, and I solder each one before un zigzaggin

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Reason I do each one is because the copper gets too hot to handle and keep the wiring in a zigzag while I solder each pin then unzigzag is to create a tension so the wiring stays straight.

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Now with the left over wiring Ill just use my pliers to snip off from the other side.

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I then wire up my stranded 28AWG wiring to the ends and wrap those in heatshrink.
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Now part 2 is for the LED board.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110751210189?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
This is where I purchased my LED Strip, yet it only has one connector.
So I had to make my own in order to be able to turn on/off sections of lighting in my PC (interior/exterior/hd area etc).

Concept is the same as a Fan Controller Power Board,
Except these LED strips have 4 signals Power . Red . Blue . Green
So ill be using a 4pin male fan header to power my individual LED strips.

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Same routine as the Fan Header Board.


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Here is a brief picture of what each pin represents.

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You can easily just set up a power board with NO on/off function but for me I like to control what lights go on and off.

The RGB signals will have to be constantly connected in the board since there is no power they won't power because I control where the power goes.

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Then ill cover the solder side with electrical tape mount up and connect the leads to my Fan Controller/LED Controller/Switches.
Any questions please ask here so people can reference to this in the future =]
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Wow, that's pretty intense!! Nice work!!
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Beautiful write up on the fan/led pcb. You should probably take that exact post and make a complete thread on it. Very nice work.
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Beautiful write up on the fan/led pcb. You should probably take that exact post and make a complete thread on it. Very nice work.

This!

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The only requirements is that theres enough Amperage to power your fans.
Most fan controllers are usually 20-30AMPs which is more than enough to power about 10fans on each CH.

I think you mean Watts, not amps. 20-30amps is a LOT of amperage. A typical 110/120V wall outlet is only 15amps (20amps max per building code). You are right though, fan channels are usually 20-30W, and most fans are 1.5-3W. Good write up otherwise!
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Nice soldering job there. Not pro, but nice nonetheless!

Let me know if you need any acrylic work smile.gif
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Would you be so kind as to show me a pro solder job then, because in my opinion this is pretty BA.

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Well considering my dad was a missle radar tech in the Army i could, but then he would have to kill you wink.gif
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