That's nice and all, but what if you have a newer phat 360? (Zephyr, Falcon, Jasper) You can't add a plug with no header point. Well, after almost 6 years later, I came up with a solution.
Note: this will work on a Xenon too! (May work on slims, but you'll have to research the 360 power connector's 12v and ground locations)
What you'll need
1. a 3-pin Fan Power Extension Cable (just google it, like "case fan extension cable") (some case fans come with this wire or a 3 pin to 4 pin adapter, just use that... I did )
2. a soldering iron
3. solder (duh)
4. hot glue gun (optional but recommended)
Starting with the extension cable, we need to modify it
We'll be using the numbers off the picture
1) clip that end off
2) you need the ground and 12v pins, but you don't need the RPM pin, so remove it, and the wire connected to it.
next we'll be using the unused hole behind the 360 power connector like in this picture
now pick where you want to solder on the 360's power connector and thread the 2 wires (from the "1" side of the extension) through the hole
Here is the pinouts for the power connector and the hole location
Solder the wires to the coordinating points on the (I recommend tinning the wires before hand)
This is optional after you test the fan, but it is recommended, hot glue the connections to prevent shorting
Here is the finished plug
Now you don't have to solder the fan directly to the 360! You can shorten the fan's wire and plug it up to the connector. No more keeping the fan/case in close proximity when cleaning the 360!
here is how I shortened my wire and what my case fan looks like installed
Happy modding everyone!
Edited by HrutkayMods, 04 June 2012 - 08:52 AM.