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My custom case fan controller (Pictures)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Brett DiMichele, Mar 4, 2002.

  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Since my massive SAN ACE is to high of a current draw to
    plug directly into the MoBo I had to run it direct off the
    Power Supply. To control the fan I made a custom plexiglass
    filler plate and installed a RadioShack red push button
    switch and 12vdc fillament light.
    How does it look? Ohh and here are some other shots of the
    PC case too.. (I made the NviDia logo)
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  2. Masood Ali

    Masood Ali Supporting Actor

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    Nice, clean, and simple. How everything should be.

    Those Micron cases rock, btw.
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Masood,
    Thanks.. I left enough room that when I figure out where
    to mount the OTHER SAN ACE I can add another button and
    light [​IMG]
    I am seriously pondering a Plexi Window and Cold Cathode
    Neon tube inside.. And I am getting those stainless braided
    Round ATA-133 and Floppie cabled [​IMG]
    I laid off of this whole PC thing for many years (mainly
    because I deal with the latest and greatest at work) but
    now that I have a new toy I find my interest has been reinvigerated
    all over again!
    Yeah the Millennia TS Case is a gem.. The easy Dock Drive
    Bays are a godsend and there is tons of room in the case.
    My only complaint is that I WISH I had 2 more 5.25" bays
    open so that I could install the Digital Fan Doctor bay and
    the Sound Blaster Live! Front Bay controls.. I guess I will
    have to go with an Extigy if I want all those features [​IMG]
     
  4. Camp

    Camp Cinematographer

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    Nice install.

    Did you ever find out the specs of the fan? I'm still curious.
     
  5. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    What do you guys think of this...
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    That was done in PhotoShop. I seriously want to "trick"
    this case out and some of the ideas I have are to paint
    the case with GM Base Coat/Clear Coat in Millennium Yellow
    (the color of my car, see image below) with the strips on
    the side of the face bezel done in Electron Blue. I also
    want to add a side window and a Cold Cathode Neon light inside
    the case and I am ordering round IDE Cables (Clear with
    Stainless Braid )
    Here is a picture of my car to give you an idea how bright
    the yellow will be! [​IMG]
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  6. Larry Seno Jr.

    Larry Seno Jr. Supporting Actor

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    Where can one obtain round IDE cables?
     
  7. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Larry,
    Ebay is one place... Then there are web companies like NewEgg
    http://www.newegg.com that carry VanTek Round IDE ATA100
    Cables (which are probably better than most of the junk on
    ebay that you have no idea who made it)
    My beef with NewEgg is that right now I have $51.00 worth
    of cables, memory cooling kits and NviDia case logo's in
    my basket and they want FIFTEEN fricken dollars to ship
    FedEx Super Saver... FIFTEEN dollars to ship less than
    2 pounds worth of stuff that would fit in a tiny box....
    I think I am going to spend my money elsewhere. Besides
    they don't have the TermalTake Dragon Copper CPU cooler in
    stock that I want... (and they don't even have the Tornado 7+
    listed!
     
  8. Larry Seno Jr.

    Larry Seno Jr. Supporting Actor

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    PLEASE do not order from NewEgg.com they are a BAD company. I don't know WHAT is wrong with their gear, but they have sent me 2 bad motherboards, one bad CPU, and they did NOT care. They are RUDE! I would shop ANY place else, I also looked on www.pricewatch.com and found the round IDE cables for $5.
     
  9. Camp

    Camp Cinematographer

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    Sorry your NewEgg experience wasn't so great. That's not the general opinion of them though. Personally, I love NewEgg. Cheap stuff is a great thing. I've had 2 bad mobos from them in the last 6 months (I upgrade alot) and they quickly replaced them both.
    Here's a good link for rounded cables:
    http://www.svcompucycle.com/roundedcables.html
     
  10. Camp

    Camp Cinematographer

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    Oh, and Brett, go for the Yellow! Cut a window in her too!

    Like the 'Vette too...can you overclock that?
     
  11. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Well fellas,
    I spent the past 5 hours searching for a reputable web site
    where I could order everything and I came up blank. I placed
    the order with NewEgg and I plan on rating them with BizRate
    (They are going to receive a marginal rating solely for the
    cost of shipping alone)
    I had no other choice no one has all the stuff I needed and
    I am not going to piecemeal order from 5 diffrent places
    just to get what I want.
    I ordered:
    2 18" Yellow Round ATA100 Dual Device IDE Cables
    1 24" Yellow Round FDD Cable
    3 NvDia Clear Domed Case Badges (at $.99 each I can resell
    these on ebay for $3.00 ++)
    ThermalTake DDR RAM Active Memory Cooling Kit (Fan Cooled)
    ThermalTake DDR RAM Passive Memory Cooling Kit (you need this
    because the Active Kit only does one DIMM)
    I wanted to order a new CPU fan but they don't have the Socket
    478 Dragon Orb in stock nor do they have the new Copper
    Volcano 7 Plus in stock.
    I am going to do more research on CPU coolers first.. From
    what I have read good temperature ranges from 90 Deg F in
    a idle state to 110 Degrees F during hard processing and my
    Cooler Master currently keeps me in that range. I would like
    to see it run at 90 degrees or less while doing intensive
    processing though.
    As for the case mods...
    I am adding a window.. I plan to add a cold cathode neon
    tube (not sure what color yet) and I may do some other
    stuff as well [​IMG]
    Camp,
    Yeah that car is already overclocked.. I did a few minor
    modifications here and there (Shifter, Exhaust, Ram Air,Apearance Items) it's around 360 horse (stock was 345)
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Camp

    Camp Cinematographer

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    What CPU are you using?

    The Volcano 7 is a decent cooler but the Orbs are crap. They look cool but you can get a much better performer. I assume if you're serious enough to cool your RAM you might want something better for you CPU.

    BTW, most people measure their CPU & case temps in celsius not fahrenheit
     
  13. Glenn L

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    You can get rounded cables and other PC modifications from (drumroll) PC-Mods. They have a good selection, and are easy to deal with. I've gotten a few things from them (cables, lights, etc).
     
  14. Darren Lewis

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    Hi, Nice work on the case. What else is in there? Interesting that you have two floppy drives?
    There are a couple of sites where people have shown off their custom cases
    Here's one of them
    http://www.fast-mhz.com/casemods/index.shtml
     
  15. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Camp,
    Yeah some people beleive Metric should be the Standard too.
    I am not one of them [​IMG]
    I am running a Socket 478 Pentium 4 1.8Ghz and it will be
    overclocked as soon as I figgure out how to circumvent Intel's
    measures to stop OC'rs [​IMG]
    The Volcano 7+ looks like a good cooler.. The Orbs were not
    really on my list but the Gold Dragon Orb does have a copper
    CPU Interface.. Finding Socket 478 HeatSink's right now is
    very limited.. Everyone is catering to those stinkin AMD
    processors [​IMG]
    Darren,
    The case isn't painted yet, that is just a PhotoShop image
    to see how the colors would look. When it's painted it will
    be like a sheet of glass and would look WORLDS better..
    Not much interesting inside.. It's a 1.8Ghz P4, 256K PC2100
    DDR RAM, VisionTek X-Tasy NviDia GeForce 3 Titanium 200 AGP
    running 4X Multiplier and 64 Megs DDR SDRAM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW,
    60GB Segate Barracuda Ultra ATA, Western Digital 1.6GB,
    Connor (Segate) 1.0 GB hard disks...
    One of those floppies is just a spare (what better place to
    store it)
     
  16. Larry Seno Jr.

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  17. Camp

    Camp Cinematographer

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    Please...they just sell the damn things. Someone else makes them.
    Besides...I might have pushed those motherboards a bit beyond their limits [​IMG]
     
  18. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Camp,

    I am not down playing thier prices or even speed of shipment

    of goods. But thier S&H prices are absurdly out of range.

    I used to work in retail sales and I worked directly with

    UPS as I was a UPS Global Ship Center. And I can tell you

    that when you go to UPS and look up shipping rates they

    will be MUCH cheaper than what NewEgg charges and that is

    YOUR price. Buisness's that ship thousands of dollars of

    goods each day get dirt cheap shipping from FedEx and UPS.

    There was absolutely no reason for them to charge me $16.00

    to ship 3 round cables, 3 case badges and an Active Memory

    Cooling Kit.

    I will reflect this once the product arrives and I file my

    report with BizRate.

    I would have went elsewhere had I been able to find a place

    that offered what I needed and I knew I could trust.

    To give you an idea what it costs to ship certain items..

    You see that picture of my Corvette above? Well it came with

    2 Targa Tops (One Smoked Arcrylic and one Painted Fiberglass)

    I didn't want the Arcrylic Top so I sold it to a fellow

    forum member over at the corvetteforum and he lives in

    the Bahamas. I shipped the top which weighed at least 20Lbs

    and was a very large box, UPS Ground to FLA from PA and it

    cost me $19.00 that was including insurance for the amount

    of $1500.00
     
  19. Larry Seno Jr.

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    Furthurmore they will LIE to you about their shipping policy and give some BULLSHIT excuses about handling. It's a garbage company and I VEHEMENANTLY disparage them EVERY chance I get. Camp-The stresses of overclocking are stresses on the CPU not the motherboard. The fact that they sell bad gear leads me to suspect it's grey market stuff, regardless of if they are authorized resellers of it. I have an account with a local wholesaler, I have bought NUMEROUS motherboards from them (Over 10) and zero have been bad. 2 motherboards which would NOT post is not just an anomaly, I think they sell their RMAs back and hope that the problem gets fixed. Im am GRUDGINGLY RMA ANOTHER motherboard to them, it's my LAST dealing with them, I can ASSURE you.
     

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