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Custom case Fan/RGB LED Controller with WC Loop and temp monitor. 7" Touchscreen 4x5.25" bay device

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Preface:
I like LEDs, They are amazing little devices, They are fun to use, and can be used for hundreds of things, I just love them.
I love the whole idea of case lighting too, I love to be able to see inside a computer in the dark, it adds a whole new mood to this situation.
My only problem with this is the fixed color LEDs and cold cathodes arent customizable enough for me, and the NZXT Hue, While a great little piece of tech, annoys me. I hate the controls on the front, they look so big and bulky.
Because of this, I decided I would build my own RGB LED controller based on one of those $20 strips on ebay.

Evolution:
My initial plan was to use an NZXT Hue, That plan was soon dismissed.
I then decided to use the LED strip you can get on ebay, this plan evolved.
I will be having my pump mounted right under the 5.25" bay where my controller will be mounted, so I decided to hook the pumps power supply into the same one my controller will use.
I then decided that the LEDs in my res and CPU waterblock should be RGB too.
I then decided to light more areas than just the main compartment, such as the mesh trim around my NZXT Switch 810.

Plan?
I have decided to use the PCB from the LED strip controller as is, mainly because most components are SMD, this will stick unless I find a way to use the SMD IC as pass-through.
I will have a custom PCB printed that will act as a "Distribution board", splitting the 4 pin CRGB from the controller and going to several RGB LEDs as well as a few strips, each connected independently.
I may also have one or two 40mm fans connected to keep it all nice and cool.
This plan will most definitely change as things progress.








First update tomorrow, Stay tuned!
Edited by trust-no-1 - 2/15/13 at 4:47am
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Very intrigued. Cant wait
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PIIICCCSSSS! thumb.gif subbed!
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subbed my friend, want to see where this is headed.. everyone likes shiny lights, if they admit it or not! I'm like a raccoon i like shiny thumb.gif
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subbed my friend, want to see where this is headed.. everyone likes shiny lights, if they admit it or not! I'm like a raccoon i like shiny thumb.gif

Welcome aboard everyone smile.gif
Im in love with lights, sweet sweet lights tongue.gif

There are no pics yet.....
However, I was playing with a few RGB LEDs before and MIGHT have made a video wink.gif
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Sub'd Love me some RGB LEDS and would like ideas for controlling them to the project theme... Good Luck!,,!,
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of course I'm SUBBED!
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