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Can anyone recommend me what fan controller I should get or what I should look for?
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depends what you want, for example: fan controllers with sliders/knobs or touchscreen controllers with thermal sensors, 1 5.25" or dual 5.25"
sized controllers.

i recently just bought the nzxt sentry 3: http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/144-sentry-3-fan-controller.html
it can handle both 3pin and 4pin fans (for PWM control). 5, 15 watt channels, meaning you can connect 5 fans regularly, but it also has enough power (and if you have fan splitters) to connect more than 5 fans. Its touchscreen (looks nice). Unlike other fan controllers with temp sensors, this controller only has 1 (not sure if thats a good thing or bad thing, but this is my first time using a fan controller).
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Can I control the fan speed with software too?
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Can I control the fan speed with software too?

You can control the fan speed with Fan Xpert, found in the AI Suite on your board.
    
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You can control the fan speed with Fan Xpert, found in the AI Suite on your board.

Is that only donr by going to the bios?
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no its not a part of the bios.
fan xpert is a section of AI Suite III, a program by ASUS.
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Like all the above posted. And its also found on your installation disk. smile.gif The manual will give you guidance, but the trick is to set up your fans so they start spinning before the cpu gets too hot. The socket temp is the governing temp both for cpu and chassis fans. I have mine set to spin full at 52C.
Of course you may not want to use too large a wattage fan on the headers. I think .5 amp fan is safe, but 1a fan maybe not.
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WIll I be able to do this with a gigabyte board aswell?
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Most boards has built in fan control that is automatic. This does not work under some circumstances.

1. 3 pin fans. Some boards now only control 4 pin PWM fans(common for the cpu header, but most cpu fans are 4 pin) and not longer control 3 pin voltage based fans.

2. Disabled in the bios. If you have disabled your fan control in the bios software like Fan Xpert(q-fan), gigabyte EasyTune(smartfan), speedfan and others made for certain boards will still work after installation and setup.

If you have a supported fan connected to the board and it is not slowing down, I would first check the bios to ensure fan control is on. Automatic fan control from the bios is easy and takes care of everything without extra software.

3. May not seem obvious, but your fans do have to be connected to the board.

Many cases come with fans that are connected directly to the power supply(a plug that does not fit the board. Adapters can make it fit the board if your board can control a 3 pin fan). These do not get software/hardware control from a motherboard, but can be controlled with a fan controller installed in the case. Some cases even come with a basic controller, but if yours does not you can always get one.

Depending on the fan plugs on your controller, an adapter from Molex to 3 pin fan(with 2 wires used) may be required.
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