Basic system is; MOBO ASUS P6T, Intel Core i7 920, CPU Cooler Dark Knight.
What I want to do is switch out the standard Xigma fan that came with the Dark Knight for an Antec TriCool 120mm LED (tri-color) fan.
I have several questions on how (and if) I can do this. Here's a copy of the online install instruction:
1. Connect to a non-variable power connector only. For best performance, Antec recommends that LED fans only be connected to a standard (steady-voltage) 12V DC power connector. If your motherboard or power supply supports fan speed control, DO NOT connect the LED fan to that variable-voltage header or output.
2. The LED fan comes equipped with a 3-pin power connector. It also includes a 4-pin power connector adapter (installed) with power pass-through feature. To connect to a motherboard header, remove the adapter and use the 3-pin connector. To connect to your power supply, leave the adapter attached and plug the 4-pin connector into an available connector. You may plug another device into the other side of the adapter connector and power it, so you don't lose a power plug with the LED fan.
3. The LED fan supports fan speed monitoring through the 3-pin connector. If you choose to connect the LED fan to your power supply but your motherboard supports fan speed monitoring, you may connect the signal wire adapter (3-pin connector with only one wire) to your motherboard header. The fan speed signal wire does not need to be connected for the LED fan to function properly.
#1) Do I need to remove the speed control switch. It is wired directly to the fan. Would I just use wire cutters and snip wires,...where?, close to the housing or right at the motor? Do I need to cap the wires or something?
#2) Since it does have 3 speeds, if it is connected to the cpu fan header on the mobo, will the speed be automatically regulated according to the cpu needs?
#3) The Dark Knight is only configured to hold one fan but I'd like to attached the other fan (that came with it) to the other side for a push/pull airflow. I believe I can find a way to attach it but how should I power it? Could I (or should I) get a 3-pin "Y" adapter to plug both fans to the same cpu fan header, and if I do this how might this affect the speed controls of both fans?
Also, I do have a temp/fan controller (Lian Li Mod.#TR-3) for up to 3 fans. I will have 7 fans (not counting the cpu fans) running, 2-140mm bottom intake, 1-140 front intake in front of the HDD cage w/ a second 120mm mounted on the opposite side of the cage pulling air through, 1-140 and 1-120mm top and 1-120mm rear exhaust fans. I'm trying to decide the best way to configure these fans possibly using 3-pin "y" adapters so that they can all be connected to the fan controller.
Thanks for any help!