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Hey

I have the following fans for my new computer:
230mm (Sidefan intake)
2x 120mm (Top exhaust)
and 2 smaller fans (not sure what size) of which I will probably only use one for the HDD.

I was thinking of getting a cheap £10 4-fan controller to do the job, but I was wondering if I I could somehow use this...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Asetek-Fan-Speed-Controller-Kit-Fan-Controller-3-Pin-/171048291575?pt=Computing_ComputerComponents_Fans_Heatsinks_SR&hash=item27d345ccf7

... to connect all 3 (or4) fans to it. So the dial would controll all 4. If possible, I assume I will need to purchase some extra wires/connectors/adapters? What ones?

On the motherboard I had the CPU fan and only 1 more fan slot. Everything else will have to be directly to the PSU unless I get a controller.

Regards, Nip
post #2 of 18
what motherboard do you have?
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Maiky View Post

what motherboard do you have?

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P7H55MUSB3/
post #4 of 18
to be honest I wouldn't recommend that you buy several of those controllers for your fans, you are better off with a single unit that can control at least 4 fans.

something like this (just an example) if you can afford it smile.gif

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NesteQ-FanMax-8-Channel-Fan-Controller-Black-/330930696560?pt=UK_Computing_Case_Accessories_Tool_Kits&hash=item4d0d01b170

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811995016

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811998100

less clutter, easier to control, looks better thumb.gif

no need for extra wires, adapters.. they come with everything you need.
Edited by Maiky - 5/28/13 at 7:55am
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post #6 of 18
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Thanks. Yeah that first one I had on Watch already biggrin.gif

I didn't mean that I was going to buy lots of 1 dial controllers. I meant that I was wondering if there was an easy(ish) way of connecting all the fans to just that 1 unit with the single dial.

I think I take your suggestion tho and just buy one of them smile.gif
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Originally Posted by nipplepie View Post

Thanks. Yeah that first one I had on Watch already biggrin.gif

I didn't mean that I was going to buy lots of 1 dial controllers. I meant that I was wondering if there was an easy(ish) way of connecting all the fans to just that 1 unit with the single dial.

I think I take your suggestion tho and just buy one of them smile.gif

Buy one, there are cables that allow you to plug all your fans to that one output. But it will be 3pins only.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nipplepie View Post

Thanks. Yeah that first one I had on Watch already biggrin.gif

I didn't mean that I was going to buy lots of 1 dial controllers. I meant that I was wondering if there was an easy(ish) way of connecting all the fans to just that 1 unit with the single dial.

I think I take your suggestion tho and just buy one of them smile.gif

im not 100% sure if you can connect all those fans to one knob, maybe someone here who has already played with one can give us some insight. Personally i would just go with an all in one controller (if your budget allows you to). Plus you will be able to turn them on-off individually as opposed to all on or all off.
post #9 of 18
Usually you can run ~2, maybe 3 fans from a single controller. It depends on the amperage capability of the controller in question. You can however wire 2 fans together and normally run them off of one knob with no issues whatsoever. You don't need a soldering iron to do this. Simply remove the connector from one fan. Then skin some insulation from another fans wires. Then simply wrap the wiring together and cover with a good electrical tape. If using electrical tape be sure to make at least wraps with it. 3M makes a decent electrical tape called Super 33+ There is an alternative you can use called friction tape or splicing tape that I prefer to use as it becomes more akin to heavy duty insulation than your normal electrical tape does.

These are decent fan controllers

G-Vans GV-CT-6V Six Channel Fan Controller - Black 6 channel G.Vans fan controller

BitFenix Recon Fan Controller Black or White Be sure to read the description on these as some are not fully functional, only having 3-4 channels operational
Edited by azrael36 - 5/28/13 at 9:08am
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