So here's the deal:
I am using an old alienware motherboard in a new case (Fractal Define R4) and put in a new water cooling unit (Corsair H60) on it. I got everything hooked up and it runs great and looks way better than that tacky old case. The only problem is that the motherboard itself only has one fan connector for the CPU fan. It relies on a sisterboard that connects to the old alienware case for additional fan options.
So I thought no big deal. I only have one other fan (the big case fan that goes on the back and attaches to the radiator on the water cooler) and I can just hook it up to the case itself which has a fan control unit built in. Unfortunately the case only has male plugs for 3 pin outlets and the fan is 4 pins. I have been all over town and I have found plenty of other 4 pin fans and even fan with a Molex, but no 3 pin fans. So I went ahead and bought a fan with a molex plug to temporarily solve the problem so at least it would have SOME kind of fan and could be used in the meantime.
The problem is that this molex fan is running straight from the power supply meaning that it is always on high and kind of defeats part of the purpose of this new case, which is that it is a case designed specifically to be very quite.
So my question is that I want to know what the best options are to remedy this problem. As far as I know there are three possible solutions:
1. Buy a 4 pin PWM male to 3 pin female adapter like this one:http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8881/ ... 4-pin_PW..
2. Buy a PWM pin splitter and split the CPU fan outlet on the motherboard to both the water cooling unit (which is currently using it) and the fan.
3. Buy a fan controller and hook the fan to that one.
So here are my questions:
1. Which one of these will be the the quietest option/allow me the most control over sound.
2. Would all three of these options actually work?
3. If number 3 is suggested, any recommendations for a good fan controller? The few I looked at online don't seem to have good reputations and reviews.
4. If there is another alternative that i could jerry rig to use the case controller, I'd also be interested in that.
Here is my current watercooling unit:
Here is my case:
Fractal Define R4
Corsair 600W power supply
This is not designed as a huge gaming rig (I already have one of those) but the goal of this build is a really quite modest PC that will play some games. I'm building it for my partner who will be back home from a trip tomorrow. I was hoping to have it totally finished by then and give it as a surprise but unfortunately it looks like it will just have to be a loud case with a constantly running fan until I can fix this problem.
Any help is greatly appreciated.