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As the title says I can't seem to choose between the two. I recently brought new fans for the top of my case (2x120mm) and 2 for my H50 rad. What I'd like to do is make it a black and white theme. There for having white cathodes or LEDs.

I researched between the two and I know that cathodes just give off a glow and light the whole case where as LEDs light part of the case. However with a couple of LEDs scattered around the case would it have better lighting they say just two cathodes?

Position the cathodes and LEDs would be hard for me. I had cathodes before and had one just to the right of my motherboard and one on the bottom of the side panel. Thing was all you could see was just this blue tube and not a lot of lighting towards the left side of the case to light the whole thing up. I would like to make the cathodes not visible but fully lighting my case or LEDs in positions where it would like left and right of the case and certain components.

Now LEDs. Do you have to set up a circuit yourself to get it all going? I mean I've see LED strips, not sure if they come with a component to connect to PSU's? So what's the deal with that?

I have the CM Storm Sniper Black Edition. With this came with a mesh side panel with a 200mm fan. I've taken off the fan now and it's just the mesh side panel, so I'm not sure if I should buy a windowed version side panel or leave it and have enough lighting to shine through which personally I think would be cheaper and look better.

So let me know your views.
Sorry for the long post.

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post #2 of 26
well first of all leds are mostly used in fans because they are cheap bright and come in many colours. Cathodes are more expensive but their glow is different from leds. i suggest going instore and looking at the leds and cathodes yourself. once you see what you like you can buy it online or whatever. im my opinion i think that leds are more "light like" whereas cathodes give off a glow. its all up to personal preference.

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well first of all leds are mostly used in fans because they are cheap bright and come in many colours. Cathodes are more expensive but their glow is different from leds. i suggest going instore and looking at the leds and cathodes yourself. once you see what you like you can buy it online or whatever. im my opinion i think that leds are more "light like" whereas cathodes give off a glow. its all up to personal preference.

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Yeah I see what you mean, although I don't have a store where I am from so it's either cathodes or LEDs. The thing is there pretty big and not easy to hide so I would wanna find a good way of hiding them. LEDs on the other hand would you have to make your own circuit to have them in different places? I mean I've seen an LED strip so I guess I'd have to make my own circuit to have them in different places right?
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I find LED's easier to install. You can get pre-sleeved cables like NZXT's which are fairly cheap but good quality.

Also, I feel as though LED's would last longer.
But then again, it's not my machine. Check some online reviews, see what others had to say.
    
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I say cathodes because that's what I've used in my builds and they glow extremely well in my 800D. I have the white 12 inch cathodes and also 2 4 inch cathodes, they really put off a great amount of light.

If you would like to see some pictures of my rig I would be more than happy to show you.
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Yeah I see what you mean, although I don't have a store where I am from so it's either cathodes or LEDs. The thing is there pretty big and not easy to hide so I would wanna find a good way of hiding them. LEDs on the other hand would you have to make your own circuit to have them in different places? I mean I've seen an LED strip so I guess I'd have to make my own circuit to have them in different places right?
I think cathodes look great if you hide them above and below the case window. That way they are shining light inside the case but aren't directly visible themselves.

I have heard some people complain about their cathodes humming or making a buzzing sound. LED's should be silent.
    
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I think cathodes look great if you hide them above and below the case window. That way they are shining light inside the case but aren't directly visible themselves.

I have heard some people complain about their cathodes humming or making a buzzing sound. LED's should be silent.
My cathodes have never hummed nor had a buzzing sound.
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CCFLs spread light throughout your case whereas LEDs are used to highlight a specific part as they they very directional.
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CCFLs spread light throughout your case whereas LEDs are used to highlight a specific part as they they very directional.
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Because that hasn't already been established.
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I say cathodes because that's what I've used in my builds and they glow extremely well in my 800D. I have the white 12 inch cathodes and also 2 4 inch cathodes, they really put off a great amount of light.

If you would like to see some pictures of my rig I would be more than happy to show you.
Well yeah if that's okay? No need to go through the trouble if you don't have pictures already!
Well I've had cathodes before (blue) and they didn't seem at all that bright, not sure if it was because of my fans having blue LEDs in them or just the quality of the cathodes. Yeah I wanna be able to hide them basically hope I can now that I've replaces my 200mm fan! Although I'm not that fond of having it on my side panel because I'd have to disconnect it every time I need to something.

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My cathodes have never hummed nor had a buzzing sound.
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