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Is it worth it to buy an aftermarket cpu fan and case fans?

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October 5, 2013 8:46:27 PM

So ive been thinking of buying a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO cpu fan. Along with that, also a 4 pack of XIGMATEK eXTREME SILENT Series XSF-F1252 case fans, and i would need a fan controller for those, which would be an NZXT SENTRY 2 Accessories 5.25-Inch Touch Screen Fan Controller. All that comes up to around $75 without tax and shipping fees. Thats quite some cash for me to spend right now, since i dont have much to spend and i also need a new monitor and want to save up for same upcoming games. Would there be any noticeable performance gain with those fans installed and while staying quiet? Is it worth it right now? Any help and feedback is greatly appreciated!
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October 5, 2013 8:53:02 PM

If your not overclocking then it's really not worth trouble. As long as you have air blowing over the HDDs, and a exhaust you should have plenty of case cooling. Ask anyone that has owned the antec 900/1200. having high airflow is not as important as where the airflow is. Oh if your motherboard has fan headers you should use pwm fans with those. Often the mobo has software that can control speed.
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October 5, 2013 8:56:50 PM

You'd see little performance benefit but your CPU fan would be much quieter than stock.

No need for a fan controller, use the motherboard. If your existing case fans are fairly quiet just leave them alone.

My advice is maybe just get the CPU cooler and properly setup the motherboard fan software.
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October 5, 2013 9:00:46 PM

PsyKhiqZero said:
If your not overclocking then it's really not worth trouble. As long as you have air blowing over the HDDs, and a exhaust you should have plenty of case cooling. Ask anyone that has owned the antec 900/1200. having high airflow is not as important as where the airflow is. Oh if your motherboard has fan headers you should use pwm fans with those. Often the mobo has software that can control speed.


Yeah, makes sense what you said. And yeah my board has pwm support, but i got a cheap $60 mobo with only one 4-pin cpu fan header for pwm and i think only one other 4 pin header for pwm fans, so thats a big let down. Ill have to use 3 pin fans and manually control them
October 5, 2013 9:05:39 PM

photonboy said:
You'd see little performance benefit but your CPU fan would be much quieter than stock.

No need for a fan controller, use the motherboard. If your existing case fans are fairly quiet just leave them alone.

My advice is maybe just get the CPU cooler and properly setup the motherboard fan software.


I only have one case fan right now, the case fan that came already attached inside my case. I think that one is always at max, and i cannot hear it at all, but i dont know if its just slow.

I would need the controller because i would only have one available 4-pin header for a pwm fan other than the cpu fan. With the controller i can attach up to 5 fans verus the one pwm case fan i would be able to attach to the 4pin header on my motherboard.

I dont think i would have to set up any software for the cpu fan (hyper 212 evo) because that is a 4 pin pwm fan and i can attach it to my 4-pin cpu fan header which supports pwm
October 5, 2013 9:06:11 PM

photonboy said:
You'd see little performance benefit but your CPU fan would be much quieter than stock.

No need for a fan controller, use the motherboard. If your existing case fans are fairly quiet just leave them alone.

My advice is maybe just get the CPU cooler and properly setup the motherboard fan software.


I only have one case fan right now, the case fan that came already attached inside my case. I think that one is always at max, and i cannot hear it at all, but i dont know if its just slow.

I would need the controller because i would only have one available 4-pin header for a pwm fan other than the cpu fan. With the controller i can attach up to 5 fans verus the one pwm case fan i would be able to attach to the 4pin header on my motherboard.

I dont think i would have to set up any software for the cpu fan (hyper 212 evo) because that is a 4 pin pwm fan and i can attach it to my 4-pin cpu fan header which supports pwm
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October 5, 2013 9:19:38 PM

1. Run your GPU / CPU under \load for 15 minutes using OCCTs GPU and CPU tests and record the high temps.

2. Now take the side off your PC case.....and use a desk or window fan to blow air inside the case. repeat step 1.

3. If the temps from step 2 are substantially less then in step 1, additional case cooling will help.

As to stock versus aftermarket cooler, if ya not overclocking, the stock cooler is fine.

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October 6, 2013 3:56:33 AM
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DarkDubzs said:
photonboy said:
You'd see little performance benefit but your CPU fan would be much quieter than stock.

No need for a fan controller, use the motherboard. If your existing case fans are fairly quiet just leave them alone.

My advice is maybe just get the CPU cooler and properly setup the motherboard fan software.


I only have one case fan right now, the case fan that came already attached inside my case. I think that one is always at max, and i cannot hear it at all, but i dont know if its just slow.

I would need the controller because i would only have one available 4-pin header for a pwm fan other than the cpu fan. With the controller i can attach up to 5 fans verus the one pwm case fan i would be able to attach to the 4pin header on my motherboard.

I dont think i would have to set up any software for the cpu fan (hyper 212 evo) because that is a 4 pin pwm fan and i can attach it to my 4-pin cpu fan header which supports pwm


You still need to setup the fan control software. The motherboard BIOS may have a default profile but the fan control software allows you to tweak that.

You want to adjust your fan speed to say 50% at 40degC and ramp to 100% at 80degC. That's an example only.
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