This is an 8cm fan fit into 2 of your case's original CD drive masking pannels. You can install hard drives behind the fan using 5.25" to 3.5" adapters.
Together with the freeware "speedfan" this is a great way to cool your computer on-demand (and still keep it fairly silent)
Step 1: What You Need
- 2 of your case's original CD bay protectors (the ones made out of plastic)
- one 8 cm fan or possibly two smaller ones. the bigger the fan the better the air flow and the less noise it will make for the same cooling results
- fan screws & drill or glue
- hard-disk power (4pin) to fan power (3-4 pin) connector (if you're not planning to drive it from the motherboard)
- dremel tool with cutting disc
- SAFETY GLASSES!!! high speed cutting tools can damage your eyes
- camera to take pictures and show off
Step 2: Get to the Cutting
Step 3: Add the Fan
Step 4: Put It Into the Case
Step 5: Sit Back & Enjoy
Step 6: Get the Speedfan Control Software for Your Fans
set the speed of your speedfan front fan so that it is not bothering your hearing.
in the setup you will need to select "software controlled" for the PWM that controls your fan. notice that not all connectors on your motherboard will work to control your fans. some may be "on/off" or just reading the speed of the fan and providing no speed changes whatsoever.
once you find which fan connector works for you adjust the max speed to a value that wont bother you. also check "automatically varied".
set up the warning temps which will drive your fan to 100% (read "very noisy")
return to the main window and set the "automatic fan speed".
dont forget to add speedfan to your startup group.
and you're done!
hope you enjoy your new DIY cheap but effective cooling solution :)