How to Install LED Strips on Your Gaming PC



Category: How To


What are the modern gaming PCs all about? Graphics, you may say. Processing, some other may say. Customization, compact builds, water cooling and the list goes on. But a modern a gaming PC is not complete without a little ol' razzle-dazzle, and what's a better way to add an ignite of life in your PC than the good old LED strips. 

LED strips are cheap and effectively add a spark of life in your dull gaming PC. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can choose the one that matches your case and environment. So here is a comprehensive guide for installing all kinds of LEDs, including strips, panels and LED fans. 

Here are the things you will need

  • Measurement Tape
  • Wire Cutters
  • Scissors
  • LED Strips
  • Connectors (usually provided along with the LED strips)
  • Soldering Gun (optional, depending upon the LED strips)

The first thing that you need to do determine the measurements of your cabinet to facilitate your decision of purchasing the suitable LED strip. To start off the process, choose exactly where you wish the LED strips to be. If you have a PC case with a side panel made out of glass, you may wish to attach the LED strip within the case itself. However, if you don't have a PC case with a side panel made out of glass, you can still attach the LED strips to the bottom or the back of your case. 

Once you've decided where you wish to install the LED strips, it is time to get the measurements. You must decide if you wish to have LED strips all around your cabinet, on either sides or just one of the sides and then purchase an LED strip accordingly. It is recommended that you purchase a strip longer than you actually need to be on the safer side. 

Another important thing to consider is the choice between multicolor versus single colour LED strip. Although the final decision rests upon your shoulders, I'd recommend you to go for a single color strip as they tend to last longer in comparison to multicolor ones and you won't need to fiddle with a remote to set the colors. 

Once you've got everything in order, it is time to get started with the installation. Gently unscrew the side panel of your PC case and set it aside. Cut the LED strips as per the measurements along the edges of the case. Most of the LED strips permit you to cut after 3 consecutive LEDs. Secure the strip in place by peeling off back of the strip and sticking it to the case. If there are any loose ends or lousy fittings, you can use double-sided tape to secure the LED strip in place. 

Now it is time to get technical. Your LED strip will wither feature plugs and connectors which you can directly connect into an empty socket of your Power Supply Unit using or Molex connector. Otherwise, you'll have to connect the strips yourself using a smouldering gun with the help of a few wires. Make sure that the diodes (+/ -) are correctly connected.

Power up your PC and the LED strips should be doing their job just fine. While it is totally possible to install LED strips in a pre-built cabinet built, it is way easier to install them while you're building. 

Another great place to add a charm of LED is behind your monitor. It looks particularly pleasing to the eye if your monitor is against a wall, especially in a dingy environment. Installing an LED strip behind your monitor is way easier than installing one inside your cabinet.

All you need to do is buy find an LED strip with USB power inlet. Paste the strip behind your monitor, cut it at the appropriate length, connect the USB power cable with the strip and you're all set to roll. 

Apart from LED strips, LED fans are a great way to decorate and add a charm to your PC while keeping it cool at the same time. They are cheap and way easier to install. You can easily find an LED fan under $10.