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Hey guy, looking for a fan controller that can also handle my water pump. I burnt out one channel on my current since its only 15w per channel and I believe my pump is 25w. I tried to put this on another channel and started to smell it burning, saw some smoke... oh the smell of solder!!!

 

1. Id like a controller than can actually be able to completely turn off the fan too, meaning 0 rpm.

2. I have 6 fans and 1 pump = 7 (but if I have to use maybe one, two or three from the MB that would be ok I guess)

3. I like nobs or switches but not lcd so much. lcd would be ok as long as its not over the top. I hate fans with leds. Maybe if it had a dimmer

4. My case is black with red theme.

5. 25w or more per channel

6. I really dont want to spend too much

 

I also order a few new fans, the ones I have are starting to piss me off with the noises. I bought 3 Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm after reading the reviews compared to others, price and the db levels. Going to grab three more but probably something different as these are for rads. These seem like a great balance with price.

 

Im going for quiet, so in honesty, I might not even need 3 more fan and might just use two for the rad and one at the rear and leave the front/side 3 spots unsued. So, maybe a 4 channel could work and use MB for the rest if needed.

 

Another thing is there a way to or can you wrap the pump so that it is more quiet? I guessing if I had a controller to lower the pump then it might not be as bad but its at full speed always with the 3pin connector it has.

 

I know its a lot to of info above but you all might know a good way to help with noise. The system really isnt that loud but is on the desk since my room is nearly full and there isnt a place on the floor or space under the desk.

 

Suggestions plz!

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I saw in the PCCG newsletter a while back that Lamptron make a controller that suits a pump, haven't read the linked reviews but seems interesting:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_511&products_id=30251&zenid=2bae7a30a7147dfe5a73bb59cba9f852

 

As for pump noise, my Laing D5 Vario on lowest setting is really quite pleasant, though it did have a few higher frequencies that came out the front of my mesh-fronted Lian Li case. So I bought some Acoustipack 2-layer 4mm from quietpc (uk site, but reliable in my experience) and installed it on all sides of the HDD cage the pump is mounted in, as well as screwing the pump down with a silicon pad between its foot and the cage.

http://quietpc.com.au/apml-2l4

 

They make a thicker kind of foam if you wanted, but 4mm worked for me in the cramped confines of a HDD cage. I used two sheets of it for my EATX case. Suspension mounting of a pump is also possible but a bit fiddlier to get it secure.

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Thanks Frunj! I really like that controller but then I saw the price, it might be something I just have to bite the bullet on and save for. Every fan controller I seem to like seems to have something wrong with it when reading reviews, I mean how hard can it be to make a good controller?? Truly dont want to make the same mistake on a controller like I did with this current one.

 

Love the idea of the Acousticpack! Right now my pc runs really cool and I have the two front and side fans disconnected and my cpu/gpu hasnt gone over 70c on both after hours of gaming with OC. Thats with the three remaining fans on the lowest settings too on this controller. So, putting this in where the front fans are might be great idea. Plus, if I get the pump to run lower rpms then it would be really silent. Then I could just turn the pump or fans up if needed on the remaining 3 maybe 4 if I do the side panel fan again.

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shame the d5 suck to much power for the mb controller to handle

maybe look at building your own its fairly simple

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Yea tried mb for the heck of it, fail lol.

 

Hmm that might be fun and use some parts from my current controller, might start looking for some guides.... Thx Dasa!

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When I rebuilt my rig I got one of these

http://koolance.com/pump-or-fan-speed-controller-ctr-spd1224m

 

Little pricey and only does a single thing, pump speed control, but it does it well.

Can handle 12v or 24v pumps @ 36 and 50W respectively.

 

It also somehow handles startup voltage requirements too. On the lowest dial setting the pump still starts without an an obvious 100% burst like my old controller used to do to turn it over.

 

I just hide the controller away in one of my drive bays internally.

 

Anyway, something to consider.

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Thanks for the replies... I had to remove my controller, 2 channels not working and one that would only run at low.. what a piece of shit.

 

I was going to avoid lcd but this one called Six Eyes by Reeven has good reviews and is 30w per channel. Its kinda neat that you have retractable knobs, temp sensors, 7 different color displays and is cheaper than most. Im going to contact the maker to see if I can regulate the pump with it too.

 

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/25172/bus-393/Reeven_Six_Eyes_II_30W_6_Channel_Fan_Controller_Temp_Sensor_-_Black_RFC-02.html#blank

http://www.impactsystems.com.au/search-results.aspx?CatalogView=Catalog&Text=reevenReviews:

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6796/reeven-six-eyes-ii-rfc-02-fan-controller-review/index.html

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/reeven_sixeyes_ii_fan_controller_review/5.htm

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The fan controller came in. It works great! Its nice that I have my pump under control now and can run it at 50% rpms and still get the same performance as 100%. I added all the fans that I have slots for (6) and have them all at low settings, the two front and one side really low setting. I put 4 in the intake position and only have the two rad fans for the exhaust. Temps have been fine with everything under 70c. I have some probes I can add but didnt want to bother with it for now, maybe never.... The best part by far is the noise level now!!

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Simply give yourself some pad and ensure you set the fan connector up in the bios to close down at RPM essentials. Voltage controlling a pump has more hazard than working by means of PWM.

It's anything but difficult to arrange it to begin with Windows and set a client design to run the pump.

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