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June 15, 2013 9:07:29 AM

Hey,

I need 2 120mm bleu led fans for my new build for about $10.

I'm thinking of the:
Cooler Master (SickleFlow) R4-L2R-20AC-GP
or
BitFenix Spectre LED (blue)

I heard the cooler masters cant be used as top fans because of the bearing design is this true?

Wich one should I get or does anyone has other recommendations?

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June 15, 2013 9:48:19 AM

When it comes down to price, you want to pay attention to two things, noise and airflow. Sometimes the cheap fans can last forever and sometimes they die after a month or two. That could be said with all fans but when I buy fans, I usually stick with what I've used that have good track records, Gelid fans work well for me. They aren't cheap but they aren't as expensive as others. Cooler Master and Thermaltake make good budget fans. Enermax fans are good too. I've never used BitFenix fans so I can't really make an unbiased opinion. Go for whichever has the lowest noise and highest airflow.
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June 15, 2013 10:01:51 AM

Do you suggest a specific one?

Also is there anyone that has good experience with any specific blue led fan?
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June 15, 2013 10:08:59 AM

Of the two, I'd pick the Cooler Master fan.
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June 15, 2013 10:15:16 AM

Does anyone know if I can use the cm's on top?
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June 15, 2013 10:20:02 AM

I've never heard of an orientation restriction on a fan before. I don't see why it wouldn't work as a top mounted fan as it uses a sleeve bearing.
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June 15, 2013 10:21:53 AM

timinator said:
I've never heard of an orientation restriction on a fan before. I don't see why it wouldn't work as a top mounted fan as it uses a sleeve bearing.


I thought it was weird too, thanks
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June 15, 2013 10:31:05 AM

Your welcome. Hope everything works out the way you wanted it to. :) 
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June 15, 2013 11:53:57 AM

Does anyone know if I can use the cm's on top? < Yes

BitFenix Spectre LED (blue) < The pro version of these are better than the Coolermaster fans.
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June 15, 2013 11:57:43 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Does anyone know if I can use the cm's on top? < Yes

BitFenix Spectre LED (blue) < The pro version of these are better than the Coolermaster fans.


This is true but exceeds his $10 budget per fan.
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June 15, 2013 12:02:23 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Coolermasters are a lot louder.


According to the specs they are under 19db which I don't consider too bad for a 2000 RPM fan. From the two he listed, the CM fan pushes over 20CFM more air and runs at a comparable noise level according to specs.

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June 15, 2013 12:04:08 PM

Once you've bought a few , like i have you realize those specs are bogus.
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June 15, 2013 12:06:37 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Once you've bought a few , like i have you realize those specs are bogus.


Meh, i concede since I have never used either of those. I was merely answering his questions with the specs I could pull up for them. On a serious note, I have used some fans that were considered noisy but after the system was built, the fans were barely audible.
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June 15, 2013 12:08:46 PM

No you did a great job, but once you've used a few you will no the db is off.They move a lot of air , but when ramped up they get noisy.
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June 15, 2013 12:09:16 PM

For the price they are a great option.
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June 15, 2013 12:41:47 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
For the price they are a great option.


I love feedback like yours even responding after I selected an awnser.
What blue led fans do you recommend for around $10,-?
Also I knew the cm were loud but I'm going to plug them in to my mobo so I can turn them down a little if I get them
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June 15, 2013 1:01:28 PM

As long as you can turn the down the rpms they are the best 10.00 choice.
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June 15, 2013 1:03:16 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
As long as you can turn the down the rpms they are the best 10.00 choice.


alright last question: What are the first good fans for the money above 10,-?
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June 15, 2013 3:11:05 PM

The're to expensive but I can go with the BitFenix Spectre LED PWM or the ones I posted in the op. Whats best?
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June 15, 2013 3:30:42 PM

yes I know the specs but sometimes the information isn't correct like with the cm ones because people say it's much louder then cm said.

So this are my final 4:

Cooler Master (SickleFlow) R4-L2R-20AC-GP 6,-
BitFenix Spectre LED 7,-
BitFenix Spectre LED PWM 10,-
Enermax Everest UCEV12 11,-
(finding the last two a bit expensive)
I don't care to much about the sound but I don't wan't it to be like a jet taking off or it to rateling. I want a nice blue effect and decent cooling and decent bearings.
I want the best bang for the buck
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June 15, 2013 3:35:08 PM

In the end it will be entirely up to you my friend to choose which you want. I gave you my opinion, whether or not you take it or not is your choice. Good luck to you and hope I helped in some small way.
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June 15, 2013 3:35:19 PM

I think I'm going for the cooler master.

Edit: going for the BitFenix Spectre because the frame is clear and I wouldn't see the blue effect that good when I use the cm r4 when using as an outtake.
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June 15, 2013 6:41:47 PM

The cooler master led's are lame compared to Bitfenix.
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