Installing Reservoir LEDS and Wiring the Fans
While I had everything apart again to cut more on the case, I figured now is a good time to install the LEDs into the bottom of the reservoirs. There is six holes in the bottom for up to six LEDs, I am only going to use four LEDs per reservoir. I started with Darkside White 12v LEDs, I cut the little two pin connectors off and removed the sleeving. I put the LEDs all the way into the holes, then bend the wiring around the channels. One piece of heat shrink on each side near the LEDs just to hold it together. Here is the Aqualis Pro reservoir without the fill level sensor.
Here is the Aqualis XT with the fill level sensor.
Now I take two red wires from each side and two black wires each side and crimp them onto one fan pin terminal each, and then sleeve them together. So two LEDs per sleeve, two sleeved cables coming out of each reservoir. I am going to plug these fan connectors into a Splitty to power all the LEDs.
Here's the Aqualis XT, I shortened these wires. Be careful, there is a resistor in there. If you cut that out you will smoke the LED as soon as you power it up.
My original plan for the fan wiring was to make custom fan harnesses that would have all plugged into the Aquaeros. The main reason I wanted to do this was to try to keep the fan wiring as clean as possible. Because I am only able to power six of these 140mm fans per channel, I would have had to use six channels and made six custom fan harnesses. I have made custom fan harnesses before, and they are a major pain in the neck to make! That was one thing on this build that I was not looking forward to doing.
After much contemplation, I have decided to go the route that @ruffhi
suggested earlier and use Slitty9 splitters and power them from the power supply, sending just the RPM and PWM wires to the Aquaero for control. I have found a layout for the Splittys I like that will still keep the fan wiring fairly well hidden. Another benefit is that I will only need four channels to control all the radiator fans, as I have plans for the other four channels.
Here is the lay out of all the Splittys. Starting in the upper left that will be for the six upper radiator pull fans, to the right will be for the eight upper radiator push fans. The next one is going to be an Aquabus splitter, next to that is a Hubby to split all the USB cabling to all the Aquaero devices. The Farbwerk in the upper right is for RGB strip lighting control. The bottom row of Splittys starting on the left is for the eight bottom radiator fans, the middle is for the LEDs in the Reservoirs and other blocks. Finally the on the right will be for the eight front radiator fans.
I re-sleeved all the fan wire harnesses using Titanium Grey MDPC, it is a very close match for the Gunmetal Caselabs color. I used Titanium Grey on all the fan wiring because I want that wiring to blend into the background as much as possible. I'm also going to tuck as much of the fan wiring behind radiators and fans as I can. You can see that I'm only sleeving up to the fan frame and not all the way to the fan motor. I've sleeved all the way to the fan motors before, but the problem with that is that usually the sleeved part sticks up from the fan frame and if it's mounted in push against the radiator that fan doesn't sit flat and rocks on the sleeved harness.
On most of my fans that side will not show anyway, and I actually like the nice flat black harness that comes on the fans. I just picked up this black table cloth, it's a little better than the ugly green table
The way the Splittys are laid out, the eight top radiator push fans were the perfect length, so I just re-sleeved those. The top radiator pull fans I had to shorten five of the fans wires, and make one short extension a few inches long that you can't see because it's behind the radiator. The bottom radiators I had to shorten three of the eight fans wires, and just two of the front eight radiators fans. The rest I was able to use as they were, just take the connector off, re-sleeve, put the connector on and some heat shrink.
Here's the top row of splitters. I've been testing each channel of fans as I go. I had one of the top pull fans wouldn't turn on, so I took it out to test the connections. I thought I had a bad fan terminal crimp, I put new fan pin terminals on, still did not work. It turned out to be a bad solder joint at the motor, one wire just hanging on, sometimes it had connection and sometimes it didn't. Anyway I painted two extra fans when I did all the fan painting, so I just set that one aside and grabbed another one. Out of around 35 fans, one was noisy and one had a bad solder connection.
You can see I have some of the Aquabus cables done too.
Here's the bottom row of splitters.
I'm going to have a cluster of cables from the bottom that go up to the top splitters and/or the Aquaeros, and will be secured to the back wall of the case behind the front radiator.
Looking through the back of the case with the Motherboard tray out.
Here's the reservoir on the other side with the LED wiring in place. You can see I have the tube in place connecting the two front radiators together.
This is a 38" extension I made to go to the rear exhaust fan. It will have it's own channel. I also have the 120mm fan in the hard drive cage re-sleeved and on it's own Aquaero channel also.
The fan wiring is pretty much done. I have the RPM/PWM harnesses that go from the Splittys to the Aquaero channels done, with a temporary molex power terminal on the power side just so I could power up and test each channel as I went along. All fans have been powered up with the Aquaero. I'll finish up the power side of the harness after I get the power supply.
Here's how the Aquaero channels will be set up.
Channel 1 - Top Radiator push fans
Channel 2 - Top Radiator pull fans
Channel 3 - Front Radiator fans
Channel 4 - Bottom Radiator fans
Channel 5 - HDD cage fan
Channel 6 - Rear exhaust fan
Channel 7 - LED control
Channel 8 -
I wonder what this channel is for...