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Phobya TPC 4-Channel Fan Controller Setup (final check I've got everything right)

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***Update*** I've found someone in Australia who sells the Lamptron FC5V2, so substitute that into the title. It's essentially the same controller but much better quality and few more features.

Hey guys,

The fan controller is the last piece I need to sort out before ordering my new rig. I just wanted to run it by the experts to make sure I've got everything right.

I'm going to be using the controller to control all my fans and pump. I'll be running 16 x Silverstone FN121-P (8 running on each rad), 3 case fans and my Swiftech MCP35x.

I'll be splitting it up with 8 rad fans on their own channels, the 3 case fans on their own channel, and the pump on it's own.

Link to fans:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_1138&products_id=25676

Link to Fan Controller:
http://www.allneeds.com.au/prod1349.htm

Link to Pump:
http://www.allneeds.com.au/category185_1.htm

Now, to keep the cable management nice and neat I want to run mini hubs to split everything up. Here is a link to what I'm thinking:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_511&products_id=24877

It's a 5 port fan splitter hub, that takes a 3pin supply. So I just run a 3pin fan extension cable from the channel on the controller to the fan hub yeah? Then run my 8 fans from there (3 outputs will need 2 way splitters).

Does all this sound right to you guys?

My reasoning for choosing that fan controller is it has 30W per channel (I didn't want to go lower than that), and knobs and LCD display. I didn't like the full touch ones, and I certainly prefer knobs over sliders. I also like the LCD display for RPM.

Oh and one last question. When I'm looking at the fan draw, we calculate the wattage as the actual wattage (running) correct? Lets say we load up a 30W channel with 29W actual draw. It would be significantly higher than that for a small time during startup, but that shouldn't damage the controller should it? Or do we ensure even during startup it doesn't go over the 30W channel max?

Cheers everyone =)
Edited by Sparkron - 3/28/14 at 5:10am
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Thread Starter 
Shameless bump xD

Hopefully going to order this stuff in the next 2 days.
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I would allow for more headroom than 1 watt per channel on any electrical device.
In your case I would look at one of the higher output like 36-50 watt units.
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Thread Starter 
It was more of a theoretical question for future upgrades. I'm more asking do i calculate wattage for the channel with the startup power of the connected devices or the running power?

ill only be connecting 8 fans oer Chanel, which is 9.6W running power, and 31.68W at startup.
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Originally Posted by Sparkron View Post

It was more of a theoretical question for future upgrades. I'm more asking do i calculate wattage for the channel with the startup power of the connected devices or the running power?

ill only be connecting 8 fans oer Chanel, which is 9.6W running power, and 31.68W at startup.

I will be going with this one to spread the load over more channels and it has STARTBOOST and sleeved cables which is a big plus for me.
It will be controlling my fans and lighting.
http://www.lamptron.com/product/controllers/fc5-v3/
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