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post #1 of 16
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not sure if this is the best forum here for this but here goes


Some of you have been reading my thread and know whats going on but anyway..


going to setup dual loop system.

heres what im wondering, whats the best way to power pumps and fans etc?

im thinking..it would be nice to have everything external, since theres no way in heck it will all fit inside anyway.

what im wondering is, how can i power 2 water pumps and 6-12 fans

<havent decided how many or what fans to cool the radiators but anway..

is it possible to setup fans and water pumps to say run off of a wall outlet?

the only other problem besides no knowing how to make them do that is...how would you rig it to turn on with the PC, without manually having to turn it on first everytime


Last question here...

if i did run it off the pc power supply, would my psu really be able to handle my load?

2gtx's
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2 cd/dvd drives
a drive
4 case fans

and whatever amount of rad fans id use? 6-12?

along with an ipod hooked up and a cordless mouse <charging battery's>

oh yeah, a network adapter and an onboard pci express type sound card <comes with mobo but fits in a pcix type slot>
post #2 of 16
I have a couple of litte PSU's I power fans and pumps with ...Just stick them on a re-lay and it will come on with your main PSU...


....http://www.petrastechshop.com/dadenpuresw.html
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DC pumps use 10-25w. Most fans use 3-6w each.

I currently have 12 fans and a pump hooked up to a custom built PSU. It fits into a HD bay and can produce 12v@125w. I am actually planning to sell it.
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so once the relay gets power from your pc it fires up the fans and pumps etc using the relay?

sounds like the way to go, i have a couple of other psu's laying around, decent 500w thermaltake.

but before i do that, do you think my setup would be hurting for power if i did hook up say 2 pumps and 12 additional fans? thats something like 170w around that? didnt bother to do math precisely to lazy

what im asking is, can i use my 850w psu or should i definetely think about using my other psu ....would juts be nice, wouldnt need relay, or another psu sitting around.


this makes me wonder tho, does anyone make a tower radiator, that say...has pump or two built in for dual loops? like a contained package etc and you can just relay it to your pc? tower rad would fit my layout where my pc is at better, only reason i ask.
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so once the relay gets power from your pc it fires up the fans and pumps etc using the relay?

sounds like the way to go, i have a couple of other psu's laying around, decent 500w thermaltake.

but before i do that, do you think my setup would be hurting for power if i did hook up say 2 pumps and 12 additional fans? thats something like 170w around that? didnt bother to do math precisely to lazy

what im asking is, can i use my 850w psu or should i definetely think about using my other psu ....would juts be nice, wouldnt need relay, or another psu sitting around.


this makes me wonder tho, does anyone make a tower radiator, that say...has pump or two built in for dual loops? like a contained package etc and you can just relay it to your pc? tower rad would fit my layout where my pc is at better, only reason i ask.

Any decent 850w PSU can easily power your system plus some.

Some companies do sell external systems but they all suck. You can of course just build your own.
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building my own is way to much of an additonal learning curve for me right now..im at the point where i just want to get it done.

but 850w handles some and more..but enough more or not? lol, i dont want to overload the system...

the one your selling looks pretty sweet, and if i had room i might think about buying it..hmm now that i think about it, i could replace the hd rack..thats what you said hd sized?? if its 5.25 id still have some room..but w/e anyway, when i start buying components ill take a look man!

mm but wat you said 125w...think i might be a bit over that if i used 12fans <doubt i will tho>
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building my own is way to much of an additonal learning curve for me right now..im at the point where i just want to get it done.

but 850w handles some and more..but enough more or not? lol, i dont want to overload the system...

the one your selling looks pretty sweet, and if i had room i might think about buying it..hmm now that i think about it, i could replace the hd rack..thats what you said hd sized?? if its 5.25 id still have some room..but w/e anyway, when i start buying components ill take a look man!

mm but wat you said 125w...think i might be a bit over that if i used 12fans <doubt i will tho>
The PSU is 4"x2"x5.5"... I think.

Just don't hook up all the fans to it. However, you don't need it. A good 850w PSU will be able to handle your system. A good 550w would be able to handle your system (not including pumps and fans).
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post #8 of 16
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the question now then is....does my thermaltake 850w count as a decent psu?

personally ive always liked the thermaltake psu's, they look good, and i used one for...almost 7 years straight without any failure or problems...and the one before that i used for 2 years straight without probs..before i replaced it with a 500w in my old system.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/produc...0131/w0131.asp
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the question now then is....does my thermaltake 850w count as a decent psu?

personally ive always liked the thermaltake psu's, they look good, and i used one for...almost 7 years straight without any failure or problems...and the one before that i used for 2 years straight without probs..before i replaced it with a 500w in my old system.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/produc...0131/w0131.asp
Thermaltake PSUs in general are not great. However, their newest models have been getting great reviews. The Toughpower 1200w got a high grade... if your 850w was built on the same design, then you are good.
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to my knowledge, they are in the same series..but if they are designed the same..who knows? without tearing them apart.
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