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OK there is a virtual plethora of connector types to be had, for sure.
post #2382 of 3982
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Here are some brief pictures of the pass through process I'm trying. First need to drill some holes on top of the pedestal frame towards the back of the pedestal.











I then connected my power harness to 8 of the fans....





..and ran one end up through the bottom of the hole I drilled.





Then put a 3pin female fan connector on the wires coming up through the pedestal...





Then put on some shrink and tuck it back down into the hole. The connector is large enough so that it won't push down through the hole. It's anchored firmly against the pedestal case.






Went ahead and did a couple more of them....






Now for those that own the pedestal...you know the next problem. When I sit the case down on top of the pedestal...it would crush these connectors. So...what I need to do next is make a cutout in the bottom of the main case frame that will sit on top of where the connectors are. The spot would be at the rear of the case, behind my AMS 360 rad, and below the PSU's. It will be practically invisible....and even when seen, should look pretty clean. The cut-out will be right in this area to the right of the rad, and below the PSU.





The connectors will just be sitting there when the case is put on top. I'll have additional wiring in the main case that connects a PowerAdjust2 to one of these extruding connectors. When I want to take the main case off the pedestal...all I'll have to do is unplug the connector that is inside the main case...and lift it straight up and off. Reaching inside the pedestal to undo a connection would have been fairly impossible. And I didn't want to have to thread a long wire connection all the way back down through the pedestal hole just to remove the main case from the pedestal.

I think this approach will work for what I'm trying to do. I'll post more pics after I do the cutout and finish the connections.
Edited by cpachris - 11/14/12 at 7:01pm
post #2383 of 3982
Sounds like a plan.
Since I have the 120.4 bottom in my case I have my wiring running through a grommet from one of the fan hole cover plates, located almost under the pump. I just unplug the wiring and drop it into the pedestal. I can unthread my tubing bulkhead connectors up top and let that drop as well.
post #2384 of 3982
New version of Aquasuite out if you didn't already know. thumb.gif
post #2385 of 3982
Sweet job on the fan cables Chris thumb.gif
clean looking pedestal wow
makes me want to rethink mine:rolleyes:
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This is like watching the New Yankee's Workshop; I admire the skill and craftsmanship, even if I lack the patience or time to even attempt a project like this. When I retire, I might have the time, but patience will never be there. wink.gif

Very entertaining build, and amazing attention to detail.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

New version of Aquasuite out if you didn't already know. thumb.gif

Saw that! The desktop widgets look pretty neat. Have you played with it yet?



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Originally Posted by Father Fuzzy View Post

Sweet job on the fan cables Chris thumb.gif
clean looking pedestal wow
makes me want to rethink mine:rolleyes:

Thanks! As Nike says...."Just Do It".



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Originally Posted by Mainsil View Post

This is like watching the New Yankee's Workshop; I admire the skill and craftsmanship, even if I lack the patience or time to even attempt a project like this. When I retire, I might have the time, but patience will never be there. wink.gif
Very entertaining build, and amazing attention to detail.

Much appreciated Mainsil.
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Yeah the new Aquasuite is pretty cool. I haven't done much more than set up monitoring/control with the old style windows. Eventually I'll get a few more pages configured and get everything on the desktop.
post #2389 of 3982
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Finished wiring the power harness pass throughs for the pedestal. I'm pretty happy with the results. Even with 24 fans, you can barely see any wiring. All wiring is sleeved in white MDPC-X...and most tucks neatly underneath the radiators. Unless you're looking hard...you won't even notice it. I think that's quite a feat for so many fans down there. Still need to do the cut-out in the main case so that the fan connectors are available in the main compartment....but here are some pics of current status.










And a couple with the side panels on.






With all 24 fans on....its still very quiet. These fans are awesome. When undervolted to about 900 rpm's....its silent. But still amazingly breezy in there. With the side fans all blowing right to left...its basically got 16 fans all blowing the same direction. Moves a lot of air with no noise. Fresh air gets brought in from the right side of the pedestal, and from underneath the pedestal. It exhausts out the left and the back.

In addition to the flow meter you can see in the pictures, I'm going to add a temperature sensor for the coolant, as well as the air. Also, the Blu-Ray will be housed down here, and my USB 3.0 card reader. Quite a useful little box.
Edited by cpachris - 11/15/12 at 1:42pm
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Looks great, especially the last shots with the side panels on.

What are you doing to do for dust filtration? I can't see anything in those side panels, but maybe there is a very fine mesh built in that I can't see?
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