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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:24 pm 
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Hey all, just have a quick question.

For an upcoming mod, I plan to replace the stock 120 fan of a PSU with a red LED fan. Any easy way to find a PSU fan that had red LEDs? Checked PPCS, and they only have regular fans.

I know I could solder, or stick just the LEDs into the fan, but I don't have a soldering iron handy.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:14 pm 
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The fans are entirely standard. In fact, most good brands even have their PSU fans with the standard connectors- so you can open it up, unplug the old, and plug the new in. If not, you can just solder the new fan's wires into the old fan's and it'll work fine. Keep in mind breaking the PSU's tampering seal voids the warranty.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:17 pm 
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Thanks, not really worried about the warranty, it is modding after all. I'm going for a paint coat too. Gonna look really nice.


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On a PSU I replaced the fan in once, all I did was pull the lid apart, cut the wires right up close to the fan, strip the wires, twist them together and then heatshrink. Then use something like a very small, well placed zip tie to keep the extra length from touching anything. That was in an Antec Neo 550. That PSU worked for quite some time after that and was finally destroyed by mother nature.


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Sounds simple enough. Mine is a really high quality Antec Truepower Trio 550W


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cfmwarren wrote:
Sounds simple enough. Mine is a really high quality Antec Truepower Trio 550W

It might even have a plug then. :)


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Spartacus wrote:
cfmwarren wrote:
Sounds simple enough. Mine is a really high quality Antec Truepower Trio 550W

It might even have a plug then. :)


I don't have time to break it open right now, but I will ASAP.


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Spartacus wrote:
cfmwarren wrote:
Sounds simple enough. Mine is a really high quality Antec Truepower Trio 550W

It might even have a plug then. :)


It might. Unfortunately, mine were soldered to the damned PCB.


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Quakindude wrote:
Spartacus wrote:
cfmwarren wrote:
Sounds simple enough. Mine is a really high quality Antec Truepower Trio 550W

It might even have a plug then. :)


It might. Unfortunately, mine were soldered to the damned PCB.


The PSUs I have worked with in the past have had a proprietary plug. I managed to stick one in a 3 pin adapter, but I don't think it will work the other way.


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The cool thing, is that the wires are clearly marked in newer PSU's. If you're really iffy, then just snip the old fan out, twist the ends of the wires inside the PSU, and then insert them into the appropriate holes on the fan's connector. After u test it, then it'd be a good idea to use electrical tape or heat-shrink tubing to polish it off and zip or twist-tie the excess wiring so you can hide it. It's honestly not a huge deal at all, I've done plenty of "refurbishing" "dead" PSU's by doing just this specific thing. A lot of times the only thing wrong is the fan itself going bad. You replace it and you're good, in those instances.


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