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Best budget blue led fans?

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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    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.
  2. Do you suggest a specific one?

    Also is there anyone that has good experience with any specific blue led fan?
  3. Of the two, I'd pick the Cooler Master fan.
  4. Does anyone know if I can use the cm's on top?
  5. 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.
  6. Anonymous 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
  7. Your welcome. Hope everything works out the way you wanted it to. :)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Coolermasters are a lot louder.
  11. 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.
  12. Once you've bought a few , like i have you realize those specs are bogus.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. For the price they are a great option.
  16. 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
  17. As long as you can turn the down the rpms they are the best 10.00 choice.
  18. 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,-?
  19. SR-71 Blackbird said:


    How much better is this then the non pro? because it costs twice as many as the non pro and cm SickleFlow
  20. Much better sturdier.
  21. The're to expensive but I can go with the BitFenix Spectre LED PWM or the ones I posted in the op. Whats best?
  22. BitFenix Spectre 120mm
    1000 RPM +/- 10%
    Bearing: Fluid Dynamic
    Airflow: 43.5 CFM +/- 10%
    Noise Level: <20 db
    http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/spectre-led#specs

    BitFenix Spectre Pro 120mm
    1200 RPM +/- 10%
    Bearing: Fluid Dynamic
    Airflow: 56.22 CFM +/- 10%
    Noise Level: 18.9db
    http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/spectre-pro-led

    Edit: Take note the Non-Pro version has a 3pin power connector while the Pro is a 3/4 pin.
  23. SickleFlow 120 Blue LED Fan R4-L2R-20AC-GP
    2000 RPM
    Bearing: Long Life Sleeve
    Airflow: 69 CFM
    Noise Level: 19db

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=1655&product_id=2915
  24. 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
  25. BitFenix Spectre 120mm LED PWM
    700-1800 RPM +/- 10%
    Bearing: Fluid Dynamic
    Airflow: 51.3 CFM
    Noise Level: 22.5db

    http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/spectre-led-pwm

    In my opinion, not as good as the regular Spectre nor the Cooler Master.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. The cooler master led's are lame compared to Bitfenix.
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