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Hello everyone!

I have heard OCN is one of the best places to get help on anything to do with computers. So I have a question about a mod I'm thinking of doing once I get my hands on all the parts for my build. The case I will be using is the Fractal Design Node 804. I will be installing new fans on it and would like a fan controller. The problem is, the 804 doesn't have any external 5.25" or 3.5" bays, so I have no where to mount it. What I was thinking is making a bracket for the fan controller and mounting it above the exhaust fan. This was, the parts of the case everyone looks at are still really clean, but I get the fan controller. I'm not sure if there is enough space about the exhaust fan though. In the picture below, there appears to be enough space, but obviously I can't measure it based on the photo. Also below is a link to the fan controller I would like to use. So, to any Node 804 owners, is there enough space for a 3.5" fan controller up there? Lastly, I don't know much about electrical wiring, so is there any way to connect two fan cables so it only uses one of the control nobs?

PC Parts list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/968ggs

Fan Controller: http://www.amazon.com/HDE%C2%AE-3-5-Panel-Speed-Controller/dp/B006UFMH3W


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Are you going to cut out the back of the case so the knobs stick out? Or will you simply be mounting it inside the case and have to take the side panel off each time to adjust fan speeds?

Easiest way to connect two fans to one knob would be to use a Y-Adapter Link
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Are you going to cut out the back of the case so the knobs stick out? Or will you simply be mounting it inside the case and have to take the side panel off each time to adjust fan speeds?

Easiest way to connect two fans to one knob would be to use a Y-Adapter Link

I would be cutting the back so the knobs stick out for semi easy access.
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Well, a 120mm fan is about 4.7in. wide. That fan controller is about 3.8in wide (or is it 3.6?). You should be fine.

An alternative is to get an internal fan controller like the NZXT Grid+ V2. The thing is that you have to use software in order to control the fans. While it is more tedious than just twisting a knob, you can create fan curve profiles based on temperatures which is pretty neat.
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I like the idea of an internal that can be software controlled. Or cut your hole in the other compartment. The fact you might see the controller through the window wouldn't personally sit well with me.
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I like the idea of an internal that can be software controlled. Or cut your hole in the other compartment. The fact you might see the controller through the window wouldn't personally sit well with me.




If i were to do that, I would make the bracket cover it up and then paint it black with no gloss. That way it would be on the down low haha
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Well, a 120mm fan is about 4.7in. wide. That fan controller is about 3.8in wide (or is it 3.6?). You should be fine.

An alternative is to get an internal fan controller like the NZXT Grid+ V2. The thing is that you have to use software in order to control the fans. While it is more tedious than just twisting a knob, you can create fan curve profiles based on temperatures which is pretty neat.

I like the idea of the convenience of the knobs but the fan profiles sound like a good idea too. I just don't have experience with that kind of software. Is it easy to use and does it work with fans connected to the MOBO?
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Originally Posted by airisom2 View Post

Well, a 120mm fan is about 4.7in. wide. That fan controller is about 3.8in wide (or is it 3.6?). You should be fine.

An alternative is to get an internal fan controller like the NZXT Grid+ V2. The thing is that you have to use software in order to control the fans. While it is more tedious than just twisting a knob, you can create fan curve profiles based on temperatures which is pretty neat.

I like the idea of the convenience of the knobs but the fan profiles sound like a good idea too. I just don't have experience with that kind of software. Is it easy to use and does it work with fans connected to the MOBO?

https://cam.nzxt.com/

Well, the software, NZXT CAM, is more than just fan controlling software. It's more like a system monitor, as it can do a whole bunch of stuff. It's like having a cut-down, more user-friendly version of HWInfo with fan control functionality.
Edited by airisom2 - 10/23/15 at 8:43pm
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