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post #11 of 38
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This is my sig rig, I have a 3rd HDD in there thats not on that list, so that cancels that out. All the HDDs are at the bottom, so the top 120mm intake is unobstucted.

Now, on to the fans. I wanted to keep the stock tri-cools, I mean thats 4 fans I didnt have to buy, so why not use them. The 3 120mm fans come with a 3 position switch(low/med/high) and the 140mm is a 2 pos(low/high). The switch leads are short pigtails that in order to access, you have to open the case. Opening the case just to change the speed is annoying, and I dont want it sounding like a jet fighter all the time.

In comes the homeade fan controller.

First was to cut the existing switch off and solder in longer leads.

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These can now run anywhere in the case I need them too. Now for the adjustment part. Here I dont need anything fancy as these fans are Molex powered, I only need to interupt the switch lead.

In comes some potentiometers and knobs

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I ran a sleeve over these wires too, just so it was easier to work with.

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I needed a way to attach the fans to the controller and yet have them still removable. I used an old router and took the 4port ethernet connector as a hub.

Time to solder the connector to the fan.

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Fan all complete. The other 3 just like it.
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post #12 of 38
PoE Fans? I am confuse.
post #13 of 38
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Nah, not PoE, thats jsut the connector I am going to use. Only 3 leads out of that connector are being used. The controller with have a 4 slot cat5 connector that I took out of a router, and those leads will be connected into the potentiometers.
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post #14 of 38
Oh i see. Very clever! thumb.gif
post #15 of 38
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On to the rest of the controller.

My quick diagram of what leads go where, so I know what to solder the leads from the pots to.

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Checking to make sure I had them correct.

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While I let the soldering iron warm up, time to mount these pots and knobs on one of the 5.25 bay doors.

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Mounted and knobs in place.

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4 port hub soldered in place.

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I guess I could have made the leads look a little better, oh well you cant see this inside the case anyway.

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Looks good man! thumb.gif
    
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post #17 of 38
You're so awesome. I want POE fans now.
post #18 of 38
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So, somehow I had a huge gap in pictures where I painted the inside. So all I have is after I put the Mobo back in. Anyway here it is.

Mobo and drives in place. Only bad thing is that the hard drives will pretty much block the lower intake fan.

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Most of the cables out the back as I'm trying to get them routed.

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Intake fans in place.

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Fan controller going in.

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Completed front panel.

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Corsiar witht the fans on

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SATA Cables routed through

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Only thing now is the video card

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post #19 of 38
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On to the side window. I cant really show any pics for this, as I cut this out about 3 months ago and didnt take any pics. I am going to take out the old lexan and change the trim and re install.

Re-Filing the sides as straight as I can get them

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Holding the lexan in place while I get ready to drill the holes.

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Ordered some edge trim from frozencpu

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And on it goes

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Now time to install the window. I am going to use rivets to keep it in place.

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All done

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Last bit. I got these rubber feet from Lowes that I am going to use to raise up the case so the PSU can draw air in.

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On, and using some weight to keep them in place

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post #20 of 38
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Time for some completed pics.

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