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Case side fans.. mounting question

So, the case Im looking at, "cooler master storm trooper" and the 932 Advanced..

Now, the ST has 2 side fans, where as the 932A can hold 4... (Im probably going to go with the Storm Trooper)

Anywho, as some of you know, having fans on the side is great for cooling, can can be a pain when wanting a clean cable mang. is a priority... and also, when taking off the side of the case, you have wires coming out that have to be unplugged... I wonder if anyone had ideas or stuff they've done that Im not thinking of that's a good way to mount these fans up without having 2-4 fan wires just hanging in the middle of your case?

Maybe get some long 3pin extension cables and run them in the top or bottom and then tuck them away? Seems like unplugging them would be a pain then?


Any ideas?
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  1. i got a scout model and add a side that plug in the first chassis fan on my board this connector is near the back just over the pci-e graphic slot made easy to connect and clean the inside link to my motherboard http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A78TE/
  2. If when getting the fans you have the wires sleeved in a black color the will be less noticeable. Also if having more than one wire you can wire tie them again using black.
  3. Well Thermaltake has an idea .... there are no wire issues with case window fans on their high end product, the Level 10GT.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=843&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=4

    Quote:
    One of my favorite features of the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case is the way they connect the 200mm door fan. The connection is made through contact between the door and the edge of the case. This means no cable to hassle with when you open up the case to mess around inside.


    Yeah, it's an expensive case (see link below) but that feature alone I'd pay $50 for !

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050001379%2040000007&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=7|11-133-192^11-133-192-TS%2C11-133-188^11-133-188-TS

    As for installation in the other cases, I often remove the connectors, sleeve the cables and then make multiple case fans plug in w/a single connector.
  4. JackNaylorPE said:
    Well Thermaltake has an idea .... there are no wire issues with case window fans on their high end product, the Level 10GT.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=843&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=4

    Quote:
    One of my favorite features of the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case is the way they connect the 200mm door fan. The connection is made through contact between the door and the edge of the case. This means no cable to hassle with when you open up the case to mess around inside.


    Yeah, it's an expensive case (see link below) but that feature alone I'd pay $50 for !

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050001379%2040000007&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=7|11-133-192^11-133-192-TS%2C11-133-188^11-133-188-TS

    As for installation in the other cases, I often remove the connectors, sleeve the cables and then make multiple case fans plug in w/a single connector.


    I had the level 10 gt as my case i was going to use, but for me, my build is tippin over $3300.. so I made a few $10-$50 changes here and there to bring it down some. Plus, I like the Storm trooper a lot too.. so it doesnt bother me too bad.

    Can you explain a little better about this " I often remove the connectors, sleeve the cables and then make multiple case fans plug in w/a single connector" I dont quiet understand?
  5. Quick question....... when you have 10, 120mm fans in your case.... if they only have 3 pin connectors, HOW DO YOU HOOK THEM ALL UP???

    As far as the side fans, let me explain my plan..... Tell me if it's a good idea or not.

    Im going to get 2 of these fan splitters (and color the white heads on them black):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119149

    And sleeve it black, might get a molex extension cable so i have plenty of room to run and hide the wire.. Run it through or behind the hard drive cage and put a small, clear piece of double sided tape right here on the case:



    Place the 3 pin connectors off the splitter onto the tape so they are stuck there, kinda like a small fan port, run the fan cables under the fans and to the right and plug in, so the slack in the fan cables hangs down where it wont be visible with the side on and when it's removed, all you will have to see is 2 small 3pin connectors on the side...

    Sound like a good idea? Or do the 3pin connectors get hot and do not need to be stuck on tape?
  6. you could also get a 3 pin y splitter and connect 2 fan on same motherboard connector so you could see the speed look at this link http://www.xpcgear.com/3to3pinycable.html
  7. Best answer
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34_289&products_id=28845

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24138

    There are different colors so don't be thinking you would be stuck with orange , I chose this one because you can see it a little better than the dark ones. Same goes for the Phobya splitter this one is black and there are many colors. You can see it better in this link;

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7613/bus-140/Bitspower_X-Station_Power_Extension_I_-_UV_LED_BP-XSP1M-UV.html
  8. inzone said:
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34_289&products_id=28845

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24138

    There are different colors so don't be thinking you would be stuck with orange , I chose this one because you can see it a little better than the dark ones. Same goes for the Phobya splitter this one is black and there are many colors. You can see it better in this link;

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7613/bus-140/Bitspower_X-Station_Power_Extension_I_-_UV_LED_BP-XSP1M-UV.html



    The last link you posted, the power station... does that get power from a molex? THat's EXACTLY what I will need!!! It's a more simple version of what I was trying to do!

    Thanks a lot man!
  9. Best answer selected by beitzel15.
  10. Beitzel15 said:
    The last link you posted, the power station... does that get power from a molex? THat's EXACTLY what I will need!!! It's a more simple version of what I was trying to do!

    Thanks a lot man!



    Yes the power is from a molex connector and when ordering you may want the molex converters if you intend on using the molex connectors because they are male and you may want to get the female adaptors. I have this myself and I use both , it is extremly handy.
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