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Posted on 2014-03-11
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I've just put together my very first custom build (yay!). The case I went with is:


This case comes with four case fans. There are two dials on the the upper-front panel which are fan-speed controls. Inside, multiple wires extend from the panel. I have been able to figure out most of the wires, but I am unclear as to where I connect the wires for the fan speed controls. The mobo I am using is:


Do the fan-speed wires plug into the mobo, or do they go to the fans themselves? If the latter, why wouldn't they be hooked up at the factory? Let me add that the "documentation" that came with the case is very light, hence my turning to you fine folks.

I am at work right now, so I won't have access to the case until this evening, so any specific questions pertaining to the available wires will be answered later today.

Thanks!
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The case comes with the integrated fan speed controller so you can choose to use it if you want.    If your motherboard has good fan speed control, you may want to plug the fans into the motherboard headers instead;  but the 2 built-in fan speed controllers have ample current capacity to control up to 6 fans -- so you could connect multiple fans to each control.

It's not shipped connected to any specific fan so you can decide whether you want to use the controller ... and, if so, which fans you want each control to adjust.
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... BTW, I downloaded the manual for your case to see if I could provide more detailed guidance on connecting the controllers; but (as I suspect you already know), there is NO detail on the cabling to the fan speed controls.    So you'll have to look at the wires and see how they're marked.    Hopefully it's reasonably apparent how they connect (Do they have standard 3 or 4 pin fan connections??)
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but the 2 built-in fan speed controllers have ample current capacity to control up to 6 fans -- so you could connect multiple fans to each control.
So by this are you saying that rather than plug the fans into the mobo, I would plug the fans into the wires leading to the case controllers? I'll double-check on this, but I seem to remember the controller wires having a connector closer to a molex rather than the connector that is attached to the fan wires. If I'm remembering correctly, would that mean an adapter is in order?
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Thanks for the info!!
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