Re: the "case" for an "open panel" and "colorful" discussion is "
i dont think the phrase "welcome aboard" will look good on the side of your case
Originally posted by chosenfool
an image ive been dying to have tattooed on as yet an unspecified part of my body.
well usually you just plug em in your power supply
The lazerleds I posted uses DC, which is the type your power supply puts out. If you take a look at one of your power supply's molex connectors, you'll see that there's a red wire, a black one, another black one, and a yellow wire. The yellow one and the black one next to it combined will give you 12 volts. The red one and the black one next to it will give you 5 volts.
Now, the lazerleds takes 12 volts straight out the box because they already have resistors on them to take down the voltage from the 12 given by the PSU to the level needed by the LEDs.
The ccfl's on the other hand uses AC current. That's why in the kits they include an inverter to turn your DC current given by the power supply into AC.
There are many methods on how to power on things inside your computer, be it fans or lights. The best way is to take them from your power supply because it is less cluttered and you won't have to buy a DC adapter to plug into the wall then wire it inside the comp.
The ccfl kits come with all the wiring supplies you'll need, if you look at this picture you can see how it is already wired into a molex connector. The lazerleds I got were bare leads, that means I had to wire them up myself (saved like $2) and by doing so I can be more flexible with wire length and switch placement.
One thing you can do is to hook up all your lights, case fans, etc. into a baybus. A baybus is a set of switches that sits on one of your 5 1/2" bay covers that lets you turn on/off your stuff at will. You can buy these retail or opt for a homemade one.
My baybus on my comp is a homemade.
those 3 red buttons are the switches, the whole panel that the buttons sit on is the baybus. They power on my blue lazerleds, a UV ccfl, and the 2 120mm fans inside.
what's that thing that looks like a car stereo?
it's a newq sound equalizer:
psssht... thats no comp... now THIS IS A COMP!!!