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thinking of getting either some Silverstone 120mm or Panaflo 120mm fans. i know the panaflos shouldnt be plugged into the headers on the mb, but is the Silverstone fan safe to plug in? thanks!
    
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Doesn't look like it. From what I've found via searches, they draw pretty around the same amount of current.
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post #3 of 10
On the image it seems that the fan draws power from a molex connector, but that you can use the 3-pin connector to enable fan control (through MoBo or fan controller). Note that there is only one yellow cable connected to the 3-pin connector
    
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if there is only 1 wire connected to the 3 pin connector then the fan cannot draw current from the mobo... that's only the speed sensor and it's safe to plug into your mobo.

decided against water?
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yea. kinda scared to play with water for now. might build my own custom kit when i feel more comfotable
    
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post #6 of 10
Just hook up the Molex connecter, than if the fan has a mobo connecter just hook up the speed controller. (3rd or ususlly yellow wire)
post #7 of 10
works that way--except for the newer CPU fans which feature a 4 pin header for some reason (power management prolly) so as long as you have 3 pin headers you are alright--I prefer to not plug into the mobo for fan power--a simple mod to the fan will allow you to use Molex for power (unless the fan is prewired for it) and still use the Tach monitor lead (yellow).

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yea. kinda scared to play with water for now. might build my own custom kit when i feel more comfotable

it's easier than you'd think... I just built my first wc setup last week.
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post #9 of 10
One way to get ahead of the game is to coat your Vcard in conformal coating or dielectric sealer--leaks from the WB (which might happen) of only a few drops can knock out the Vcard (which usually resides directly below the WB)--the coating will keep it alive in that case.

Testing your plumbing outside the case is the safest way to make sure of no leaks.

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maybe next semester i'll build a sweet wc kit after i do more reading on it. for now, i just want to graduate and OC this summer
    
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