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Help Changing fans in a Dell Xps gen3, with pics

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by djrazr, Jul 13, 2009.

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  1. djrazr

    djrazr Thread Starter

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    I picked up some silenx fans to swap out with my stock dell fans. Dell has their fans hooked up the mother board with a red white blue black wire plug. My silenx fans have 3 silver color type wires, so it's a different plug. It also has the regular 4 pin power supply plug

    i was thinking i can hook up my new fans to the power supply, but it seems the power supply has no other connectors to hook up the new fans. I took a pic of a plug with black and white wires but i dont know what that is.

    I attached pics below, so if there is a way to get these new fans up, even if it means cutting the dell wires and re-wiring to my new fans.. any help...

    still new to all this
     

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    Plug the new fan's 3-pin connector to the same place where the original 4-pin fan wire was. It will most probably work.
    However, you(r motherboard) will lose the ability to control the fan's speed.

    Another way would be to use a molex ("bigger, regular 4-pin") splitter, and so free a connector for the fan, if you have molex powered CD drives or the like.
     
  3. djrazr

    djrazr Thread Starter

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    The new fans connector is too thick. The dell is thin
    for molex you mean these? the connectors for the new fans are the ones where the pins go in
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812198025
     
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    Ah, yeah. Seems like another Dell proprietary connector, didn't know of that one, sorry.
    And yes, that's molex. If you have anything powered by molex, you can use one of those to get one connection for your fan.
     
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