Led lights and Cold Cathode help

Hey guys I'm about to put together a new computer but i want it to have green and blue lights and fans that i can turn the lights on and off, and also for it to flash to sounds.

I have never done this before and was woundering what i need to do it.

Also looking for a good case to do this in that will look cool. no more then $150
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  1. The HAF 922 has awesome looks for some extra LEDs.
  2. What about the Fans and lights and what it takes to make them flash to sound?
  3. I have been looking around and some people say I need to buy a sound box? but I cant find one. I'm guessing thats led fans cant blink to sound? So I guess for the fans I need a Controller Panel, but whats a good one?
  4. By lights do you want CCFL or LED tubes or LED strings or all of the above? In terms of CCFL you can purchase sound activated versions: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800888073 or purchase a separate sound activation module such as: http://www.xoxide.com/cocasoackit.html. Sound activated LED light tubes are an alternative: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800700002. LED light strings will be harder to sound activate: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=551&products_id=15999.

    The fans are a different story, with the HAF 922 mentioned above (great case imo) the front fan can be controlled by a sound activation module but LED fans you purchase on top of that cannot, the luminosity is simply a linear representation of fan speed.

    What do you mean by 'Controller Panel'? A fan controller? This depends entirely on how many fans you want to control and what sort of per channel wattage you require.
  5. Ninja Pants said:
    By lights do you want CCFL or LED tubes or LED strings or all of the above? In terms of CCFL you can purchase sound activated versions: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800888073 or purchase a separate sound activation module such as: http://www.xoxide.com/cocasoackit.html. Sound activated LED light tubes are an alternative: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800700002. LED light strings will be harder to sound activate: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=551&products_id=15999.

    The fans are a different story, with the HAF 922 mentioned above (great case imo) the front fan can be controlled by a sound activation module but LED fans you purchase on top of that cannot, the luminosity is simply a linear representation of fan speed.

    What do you mean by 'Controller Panel'? A fan controller? This depends entirely on how many fans you want to control and what sort of per channel wattage you require.


    For lighting cold cathode. I have heard there little sounds box thing sucks and I should buy a different one so trying to find a place that sells them.

    Also I went ahead and got a case, I have used the 932 and 912 so went with something different this time. In Win Dragon Rider Black. looks nice hope it works out lol.

    And I plan to have about 10 fans so yes a fan controller would be nice if there is a way to hook it up so i can turn the lighting on an off.

    Sorry I hasve built computers just never messed with lighting and all this stuff and thought it would be fun.
  6. Do you want control over all 10 fans seperately? Will some be run at 100% all the time (hence straight to molex cable from PSU) are you willing / able / want to splice two (or more) fans per channel?

    In terms of sound activation modules for CCFL this seems to be the most widely used: http://www.sunbeamtech.com/PRODUCTS/Sound%20Active%20module/Sound%20Active%20module.html should be able to find it at most online computer component stores in the US (sorry im not from the US so cant help much more there).

    Dragon Rider is a good case, good reviews all around, also the side fan should be compatible with the sound controller for the CCFL above to turn the LED's on and off. Though you may need a few inverters depending on how many CCFL tubes your running.

    To control the LED's on the fans Cooler Master offer a controller to control up to three fans LED's from a single slot back panel module (not very accessible) or you will have to wire it yourself. Depending on the fan type this is not a difficult process as the LED's can all be connected in parallel (just splitting the wires).

    Hope that helps.
  7. Ninja Pants said:
    Do you want control over all 10 fans seperately? Will some be run at 100% all the time (hence straight to molex cable from PSU) are you willing / able / want to splice two (or more) fans per channel?

    In terms of sound activation modules for CCFL this seems to be the most widely used: http://www.sunbeamtech.com/PRODUCTS/Sound%20Active%20module/Sound%20Active%20module.html should be able to find it at most online computer component stores in the US (sorry im not from the US so cant help much more there).

    Dragon Rider is a good case, good reviews all around, also the side fan should be compatible with the sound controller for the CCFL above to turn the LED's on and off. Though you may need a few inverters depending on how many CCFL tubes your running.

    To control the LED's on the fans Cooler Master offer a controller to control up to three fans LED's from a single slot back panel module (not very accessible) or you will have to wire it yourself. Depending on the fan type this is not a difficult process as the LED's can all be connected in parallel (just splitting the wires).

    Hope that helps.


    For now without seeing the case im thinking about 2Green cold cathode in the top of the case and 2 blue ones at the bottom also i may put 2 small cold cathode in-between my cd drive bays.

    For the fan controller i was looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811998091 You think this will work? i want to fill the case with 120mm green and blue fans.

    idk about splicing the fans never done it what would i need to do it for?
    Whats fans you think i should get i found some Enermax http://www.enermax.com/home.php?fn=eng/product_a1_1_1&lv0=4&lv1=16&no=42 a few of these would be neat then just some other blue and green ones
  8. yeah that controllers looking hard hehe,
    for splicing fans you identify the wires, which is ground and which is hot, then when you connect several/loads together just keep hot with hot and gnd with gnd, and keep the load in sensible territory, I think 6x120's may push it at full blast, and thats just your side door :P
    *Edit for clarity, I mean 6 on one channel would be pushing the limits so don't try that :)
    Ty Ninja for alerting me to that
    As for the cathodes, they come with an on/off switch normally, you just hook the fancontroller as a dimmer after the switch, or if you find a dedicated controller for them use that obviously
    need pics too, nice to meet another D.R. owner :)
    Moto
  9. ok also with all these fans you think i will need a bit of a biger PSU?
  10. That is a decent controller, should suit you well.

    Splicing the fans is easy, to do it properly just get a soldering gun and follow what motopschyojdn said (but I would not splice 6 on one channel).

    The Enermax fans are very good, can't go wrong there.

    Whats your PSU? It wouldn't normally be a major factor in the wattage you draw but have a look at this calculator: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp it will give you a good idea of what PSU you would require.

    With 4-6 CCFL tubes you will need a few inverters is you want them to be sound activated as most only come with 2 outputs.
  11. Ninja Pants said:
    That is a decent controller, should suit you well.

    Splicing the fans is easy, to do it properly just get a soldering gun and follow what motopschyojdn said (but I would not splice 6 on one channel).

    The Enermax fans are very good, can't go wrong there.

    Whats your PSU? It wouldn't normally be a major factor in the wattage you draw but have a look at this calculator: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp it will give you a good idea of what PSU you would require.

    With 4-6 CCFL tubes you will need a few inverters is you want them to be sound activated as most only come with 2 outputs.

    Do you know a place to buy those enermax fans? newegg does not sell them.

    Not to sure about everything thats going to be in this build yet but think it will be a 2500k I5 and a GTX570 asus video card the PSU I have my eye on is this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016
  12. Try http://www.provantage.com/

    That is a very good 750W PSU, one I would definitely recommend. Finalise your components first but from what you mentioned 750W would be more than capable.
  13. Ninja Pants said:
    Try http://www.provantage.com/

    That is a very good 750W PSU, one I would definitely recommend. Finalise your components first but from what you mentioned 750W would be more than capable.

    The link just goes to a website, not the actual psu :(
  14. Yeah the link was in relation as to where you could try to get the Enermax fans (I think they stock them).

    By 'that' I meant the Corsair TX750 you linked to above. Sorry I tried to address each question in a new paragraph, maybe not so clear.
  15. Ninja Pants said:
    Yeah the link was in relation as to where you could try to get the Enermax fans (I think they stock them).

    By 'that' I meant the Corsair TX750 you linked to above. Sorry I tried to address each question in a new paragraph, maybe not so clear.

    oh got cha lol
  16. Ok made a new post of what I think im going to put in this case check it out.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/330901-31-gaming-1100
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