I am putting together a system and am researching the various components I want to use (I usually spend about a month looking before I buy).
I am going to go with an Antec Sonata III case with a 500W Earthwatts PSU.
I will have an E8400 processor, which I am aiming at OCing to 4.0 GHz. I will use the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme heat sink. I will be using an 8800 GTS 512MB video card.
My question is this:
Will I get adequate cooling with 3 Noctua NF-S12-800's at 800 RPM (one intake, one exhaust, one on the thermalright)? They Push 41 CFM at ~20 dBA. The other option is to use Scythe S-Flex fans (SFF21E) at 1200 RPM pushing 51 CFM at 23 dBA. I don't really want to go much louder than this, but if the consensus is that even the 1200 RMP Scythe isn't enough, I might go with something faster on the HS and keep the lower RPM fans in the case.
What do you guys think?
More aboutnoctua fans
While the Noctua fans are quiet and nice, don't use it for cpu coolers like the Thermalright. The major problem with this fan is that it has very low static pressure, making it a bad choice for cpu coolers that require air to be forces through the slits.
Thanks for the advice Evilonigiri! NCIX sells the 1300 RPM model, which I think I will purchase, after I read a bit more of course. I hadn't thought of pressure and air resistance in the cooler. Very good call!
what about Zaward golf fans, do they have good static pressure? ive got a 92mm on my HR-03GT & idle temps never go over 35 degrees
It depends on how the fan looks like. Gimme a pic and I can estimate.
heres a shot of the 120mm
Very straight...low angle...wide spacing...
Judging from experience, it's average for static pressure. However, a high rpm can cover up for it. This fan is more for a case than a cooler.
EDIT: That is, a cooler that has thin slots like the TRUE. For the HR-03GT, it's fine.
92mm works a treat on my HR-03GT, would really like LED if possible the 120mm zaward is 1200rpm, 48.5cfm, 17dba same wide spacing as s-flex