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Old 11-01-2014, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Case fan help

I am not building a pc but a gaming box to house my old gaming consoles like NES SNES PS2 and xbox etc. I was going to install three or four fans but they would need to be connected to a power bar or some other power source. I would also like a controller to be able to turn the fans on and off when not in use. I was wondering what kind of arrangements can you have to connect all the fans together and run from a power bar.

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Old 11-02-2014, 08:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll need something to convert the 120v ac to 12v dc in order to operate the pc case fans

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Old 11-05-2014, 08:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I found a transformer/power source for something I wasn't using any longer. Just have to make sure it is 12v as a lot of items use various voltage. I then cut off the adapter that went into the device and used crimped wire connectors to hook it up to 3 pc case fans and then mounted them in the back of the cabinet with my home theater system.

If you are using a home theater receiver, they usually have an outlet on the back that only powers on when the receiver is on. I plugged mine into that so that when the receiver is on the fans come one and when the receiver is off the fans shut off.

Alternatively, plug everything into a power strip/surge protector to power on/off the consoles and fan at one time (not a bad idea anyway since apparently the game consoles use a fair bit of power even when they are "off").

Generic picture of a power adapter/transformer: just make sure you find a 12v one. I suppose you could also make sure the amps woudl be rated for your fans, but they usually don't draw uch power.
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