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Adding fan to side of Tower

post #1 of 12
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My tower has one of those see thru windows on the side that is made from plexiglass.

I'm thinking about adding a fan I found on New Egg ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553002 ) although I'd like to find this same fan in black rather than this funky monkee orange...

I'd like for this to be in the middle, towards the bottom and be an intake fan.

My questions are... can I just plug this thing into a power source and have it run full blast, or is there a power source in most modern towers (mine is new) for fans so they can go faster when the mobo detects higher temps?

Also, anybody know where I can find a nice looking screen to cover the fan from the outside so I don't have just fan sitting in the hole?
I figured I'd use my Dremal and cut the hole nice and neat like...
post #2 of 12
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On second thought... I guess I need a fan that is able to be controlled manually so I can find a medium setting so it's not running full blast.

Suggestions would be appreciated for a good full size fan in 120mm
post #3 of 12
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Found the black version at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553006

But, I would still need some sort of cover for the outside. Can't seem to find covers on New Egg.
post #4 of 12
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OK, sorry to have bothered you guys...

I just ordered those Cougar fans, 4 pin cable extensions (in case they are needed), some black cable sleeves (gonna keep it purdy), and I found some nice grills that shouldn't restrict air flow are make funny noises at http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13402/ffi-79/120mm_Honeycomb_Fan_Mesh_Grill_-_Black.html

So, I'm all good... thanks! thumb.gif
post #5 of 12
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I have the Asus P8Z77-V LK mother board... where would I plug additional fans in at?

I have the user manual, but it does say
post #6 of 12
Page 2.2 in your motherboard's manual (http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1155/P8Z77-V_LK/E7654_P8Z77-V_LK.pdf, page 22 of the PDF) shows were the fan headers are on the board. Item number one on the diagram. There is a spare one immediately above the CPU fan header that you can plug your side fan into, and you can control the speed in the UEFI (BIOS).
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post #7 of 12
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OK thanks... it looks like one is occupied by the CPU fan, and the other is occupied by the rear fan.

According to the diagram, there is a fan plug in at #1... but that is occupied by the front fan.

Apparently, mine only has 3 fan plugins. Do I just plug the extra fan in to power and hopefully the fan itself will have a speed controller so it's not running full blast??

I ordered the COUGAR CF-V12HPB Vortex

Or, is there some sort of in line controller I can get that allows me to plug in to a standard power plug in the tower that can accommodate the 4 pin plug in on the fan?

Gotta be a way to Jerry-rig this... It's an extra fan so if it runs continually in about medium it should help out.
Edited by Rockrz - 11/26/12 at 10:57pm
post #8 of 12
As you're looking at the diagram of the motherboard, there are 4 fan headers. 2 in the centre of the board, one above for a case fan and one below for the CPU fan. There is also one on the "right" of the board, towards the front of the case, below the 24-pin ATX power socket, and one on the bottom of the board near the audio header. If these are all occupied by fans already, you'll have to connect it to a MOLEX plug from the PSU, however this will make the fan run at full speed all the time. You can buy a 5V or 3.3V resistor to use between the fan and the MOLEX plug and this will slow the fan speed down.
Edited by Captain Lolburger - 11/27/12 at 12:04am
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post #9 of 12
Here is a 7V resistor cable for use on fan headers:
http://www.quietpcusa.com/Zalman-RC56-7V-Noiseless-Resistor-Cable-P102.aspx

And here is a good thread showing how to jerry-rig MOLEX cables to adjust voltage. Very simple to do:
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=372297
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post #10 of 12
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OK, I went and looked at the diagram again and I do see 4 fan plugins, or fan headers

It does appear that my front fan is running off of the front fan plugin, and the fan plugin on the bottom of the board is not occupied, so I should be able to plug in there.

Just needed to be pointed in the right direction. I spent years in auto repair and working on PCs
is the new thing I'm learning. Very similar other than the parts are smaller and you don't get
all dirty and whatnot.

Thanks for the help! thumb.gif
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