Layman's Fan Bus
-- By: GideonX
Please note: I do not take responsibility for your
stupidty, if you break something that you paid a lot for, tough
luck. I told you to be careful.
Now that I have just hacked away at my Antec
KS188, huge gaping holes are now filled with loud obnoxious
fans sucking and blowing harder than ever. Totally 5 fans plus some
misc. slot fans, a lot of the precious molex
are being daisy chained or simply wasted from the power supply.
Plus, if you're one the insane people that like to buy fans by the bulk,
molex connectors or even 3/4 pin connectors are rarely included in
the fine package.
So what do most people do? Buy a bulk package of
molex connectors! No, you get a fan bus from Cliff.
So what's a fan bus? It's simply a fan power switching center. No
more messy wires, no more running out of connectors, this is your
one stop shop to a clean box. Now you can't just slap some wires
here and there and expect everything to work. You have to figure out
what voltage, how many amps, can my power supply take all this
nonsense? I won't bore you with the math, you're just gonna see
So how much do these things cost? Beats the hell
out of me, Cliff takes custom orders and makes them to your
specification or something. Being the cheap bastard that I am, I
read up his secret techniques and went to my nearest Radio Shack.
Here is the list of items that I purchased :
Now on with the tools and supplies I will be
using. Here they are :
- Project Box 4 X 2 X 1 - $2.29
- (2) 4 Position Push Terminal (Black) - $1.59 ea.
12 Position Barrier Strip (White) - $1.99
- Hookup Wire (Red/Black) - $4.49
- A bag of heat shrink - $1.99 (You can use electrical tape to
wrap the connected wires, but this looks nice)
- Dremel Multi-Pro Variable (I paid for it, and im determined to
use it more than twice!)
- Soldering Iron
- Hair Dryer
- Philips Screwdriver
- Panaflo 80mm fans with bare leads (means no molex connector)
- Next: Drilling!