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How to add more fans with only 3 case fan headers??

coryjamesking

70 months ago

Hi there I'm pretty new to pc building so I'm not sure yet how this works. What is the best way to add more case fans if my motherboard only has 3 case fan plug ins. Would using a couple fan splitters dim down the power of any of the fans? Here is the build I already have but I want to add this case fan setup so I can keep my temps down and start to overclock. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.98 @ Outlet PC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ Outlet PC
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $124.98 @ Outlet PC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $81.47 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $189.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Momentus 7200.4 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $0.00
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card $364.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case $65.99 @ NCIX US
Case Fan BitFenix Spectre LED 43.5 CFM 120mm Fan $9.17 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan $9.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan $9.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan $9.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Rosewill Hyperborea 89.5 CFM 140mm Fan $9.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $74.99 @ Microcenter
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $19.98 @ Outlet PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $94.98 @ Outlet PC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1316.46
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-12 13:05 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You could get a fan controller.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

with a fan controller do you just have to turn them on higher once you start gaming or will they adjust from temp too?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a NZXT Sentry LX dual and it has auto and manual mode. There are probes that you can place around your case to monitor the temps and based on those temps your fans will auto adjust. I usually just use the manual mode though.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You can either get a fan controller to plug them into or just plug them straight into the PSUs molex connectors and then use software to control the speeds.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

And when were you planning on ordering these parts?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks and I have everything but the fans so just as soon as I figure out what to order.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

With the new cards out you really should reconsider your parts list. Going with an AMD cpu still proves to be the best bang for the buck and with the new R9 280x out for $300 it basically renders the 7970 GHz Edition useless for buying a new PC unless you really want the 3 games offered.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Soprry I was unclear, but I've had this build for six months now. I'm just wondering about the new fans I want to put in.

Unfortunately the 280x is nothing but a re-branded 7970 http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/10/10/week-in-tech-amds-mostly-not-new-graphics/ so gaming publishers like RPS are recommending lower cost 7970's over new gen.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $109.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $97.25 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard $104.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $73.98 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $62.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card $316.13 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $79.99 @ Microcenter
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $945.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-12 14:59 EDT-0400

This is a build I'm planning on in the next couple of months. It's just an example of what you could do. You really don't need that many fans for your system.

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