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January 11, 2012 2:27:35 AM

I'm going to build a $1000-1400 build and I am going to do some minor mods.
first off, i'm wondering if i can use a fan controller to turn on/off some cold cathodes, can I?
I have a lot more questions but i want to start with that one.
:D 

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January 11, 2012 2:30:36 AM

i forgot to add that im going to use lamptron's fc9 fan controller.
January 11, 2012 3:07:55 AM

You can use a fancontroller to dim cathodes, but it doesn't work very well,
One you get to a certain wattage theres isn't enough power and rather than the whole length dimming more, the length of the lit section shortens, I'll link a vid I made when I get to a Pc
Moto
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January 11, 2012 3:26:06 AM

so i can't turn them on/off but i can dim them,
but it doesnt work very well?
January 11, 2012 3:32:19 AM

Thats correct, you'll see what I mean on the video, I'll be home in about an hour, nightshifts :-)
Moto
January 11, 2012 3:33:31 AM

alright, i'll still be up :) 
January 11, 2012 3:36:40 AM

I used some switches I had lying around to turn my cathodes in my resses on/off, I'm pretty sure every cathode kit I've had came with a switch for them
Moto
January 11, 2012 3:43:16 AM


Yay, managed to post a link, phone doesn't normally let me hehe
Moto
January 11, 2012 3:46:45 AM

nice link :) 
January 11, 2012 3:48:05 AM

One switch per inverter, so that one switch will perform both turning the lights on and off, you normally have two cathodes from one inverter so two lights, one switch
Moto
January 11, 2012 3:56:35 AM

okay so 1 switch every 2 cathodes?
would i be able to use the switches for fans too, or would it only make them go on/off?
January 11, 2012 4:11:38 AM

lol i'll just buy a fan controller for the fans. 0_0
January 11, 2012 4:41:27 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
One switch per inverter, so that one switch will perform both turning the lights on and off, you normally have two cathodes from one inverter so two lights, one switch
Moto

im gonna go to bed, i think i have the fan/cathode mod all figured out.
i'll share my other ideas in the morning.
:sleep: 
January 11, 2012 4:43:44 AM

best bet hehe, you can alter the wiring to allow on/off capabilities for a fan, but once its through a controller its not wise, you'll end up frying the fan controller.
So, fancontroller/switches sorted, what was the next idea/question? :) 
Moto
January 11, 2012 4:44:06 AM

catch you later then man, :) 
Moto
January 11, 2012 2:58:17 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
catch you later then man, :) 
Moto

alright time for the next mod.
im going to get a corsair 600t case,
but i read that the fan controller doesnt work very well.
any ideas of what i can do to it?
January 11, 2012 3:54:41 PM

First off see how it actually performs for you, reviews are handy but firsthand experience is priceless, you might find that you're perfectly happy with it
but in the event that you don't like it, or its crap, there are a million aftermarket jobs,
drivebay, pci slot, or your can mod it into your design and have it wherever you wish,
I put mine underneath my Rad on top of the case
you can make out the eight knobs between the silver legs,


Build log here to maybe give you some tips/ideas maybe
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...

Moto
January 11, 2012 4:33:37 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
First off see how it actually performs for you, reviews are handy but firsthand experience is priceless, you might find that you're perfectly happy with it
but in the event that you don't like it, or its crap, there are a million aftermarket jobs,
drivebay, pci slot, or your can mod it into your design and have it wherever you wish,
I put mine underneath my Rad on top of the case
you can make out the eight knobs between the silver legs,
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q172/Motopsychojdn/Psycho%20Rider/IMAG0327.jpg

Build log here to maybe give you some tips/ideas maybe
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...

Moto

yeah, i guess i'll wait until i actually have the case until i decide to change the fan controller.
ok so my next mod idea is a pretty awesome one.
the motherboard im getting is an asus gene-z gen3.
there is a R.O.G sticker that comes with it.
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRArvJn0QdF19qa...

i want to put the sticker on a corsair gs800,
like this: http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSEgf__njTsjT1I...

i think the red led fan on the psu mixed with that sticker would look awesome, your thoughts?
January 11, 2012 4:50:42 PM

If reds your chosen colour scheme then it may just be a nice tweak :) 
Moto
January 11, 2012 4:54:22 PM

well im going for a white/black/red color scheme.
white and black for the exterior,
red for the interior.
January 11, 2012 5:34:37 PM

i wanted to paint the hdd cage too, any ideas?
January 11, 2012 5:58:08 PM

Take it out, drill the rivets if you have to 3-4mm bit,
sand what you can and three-four coats of your colour, sanding in between coats ofc,
Moto
January 11, 2012 6:16:56 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Take it out, drill the rivets if you have to 3-4mm bit,
sand what you can and three-four coats of your colour, sanding in between coats ofc,
Moto

that doesnt sound to hard. :D 

January 11, 2012 6:30:31 PM

what do i need to watercool my system?
January 11, 2012 7:02:38 PM

nevermind, i dont think i have enough time to maintain it.
im going to save my money/time and go with air cooling (for now).
January 11, 2012 7:19:44 PM

Sorry, was raiding hehe

Watercooling is an enthusiast venture,
the cost alone puts a lot of people off, then theres the modifying and adapting things, mainenance isn't so bad to be honest, maybe flush once a year,
keep an eye out for leaks hehe, but check it out later when you do feel ready/can afford it :) 
Moto
January 11, 2012 7:26:51 PM

i definitely will, i think i'll have enough money to build my pc around march or april.
!