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October 11, 2013 10:57:04 PM

Hey guys I am looking into purchasing components for a enthusiast Corsair 350D M-ATX Build with a Maximus VI Gene a, GTX 770 and a 4770 but my one confusion when it comes to this system is what are the best low noise case fans?

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October 11, 2013 11:03:41 PM

The best site for low noise anything is http://www.silentpcreview.com/ They do a great job over there and have tons of fan reviews. That said, I'm partial to scythe and silverstone myself.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/140mm_Fan_Roundup2
http://www.silentpcreview.com/140mm_Fan_Roundup1
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Fan_Roundup_7
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Fans
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October 12, 2013 7:29:05 AM

If price is not an issue, go for some Noctua or Be Quiet! fans. Corsair also makes quality fans, but they may not be as quiet.

After that, Cougar makes some good high-performance-low-noise fans.
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October 12, 2013 5:19:57 PM

Calculatron said:
If price is not an issue, go for some Noctua or Be Quiet! fans. Corsair also makes quality fans, but they may not be as quiet.

After that, Cougar makes some good high-performance-low-noise fans.


I absolutely love Be Quiet! fans however they don't sell them in AUS and Noctua are too expensive, however, Corsair are just in my budget and I can get them in AUS. Are Corsair Quiet Fans worth it or should I find another way to get Be Quiet Silentwings?
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October 12, 2013 7:44:31 PM

I'm on the fence about the Corsair Quiet editions. Personally, I would rather buy the performance editions and just dial down the RPM to an acceptable level - but if I wanted (or needed) the extra performance, I could ramp it up. That is my own personal preference, though, any I am not sure how you intend on how many fans you intend to buy, or how you intend to control them. (Via motherboard, or hardware fan controller?)

Back to the Corsair fans, I bought an SP120 Performance edition just to try out, and even at full tilt it is not as bad as you'd think. I mean, when it's on, the noise is definitely there, but it's not invasive. Some fans have an annoying whir, or clicking, of the motor, or a prevailing "whoosh" as they push the air, both which can stand out. This was a pleasant mix of both, but it's still there. The max RPM is 2350, and when it's at 1800 I can discern it from my *five* Arctic Cooling F12s, which is a very affordable alternative for quiet fans.
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