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April 23, 2009 2:53:09 AM

I'm about to get a Cooler Master 690 case, I know it has potential for awesome air flow, so I'd like to make the most of it.

What are the best (120mm) case fans to get in terms of price, performance, and noise?

I don't mind a little sound, but I'd rather not hear them over my GPU and CPU heatsink at idle.

Is it worth shelling out $15 for a single fan? or can I get a similar quality one for a few bucks?

Many thanks :) 

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April 23, 2009 3:33:07 AM

The CoolerMaster 690 case comes with three 120mm case fans - one at the bottom front, one on the side panel, and one at the top rear. Do you want to replace the stock case fans? Do you have something else in mind.
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April 23, 2009 3:37:50 AM

I am generally pleased with my 120mm Yate Loons which are pretty quiet especially if you undervolt them. But even at full speed in an open case they really are not loud at all. Pretty cheap at $6.

http://www.svc.com/d12sl-12-or.html

Of course there are more quieter fans out there, but Yate Loons are a good bang for the buck.

Noctua Fans are very good.

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April 23, 2009 3:43:51 AM

I was planning on adding more fans to it, the case can hold 7 120mm ones, although I think one will be blocked by my heatsink.

These fans look like they're a great deal for the $$, but I don't know about their quality.
Also, the power cables look a bit short to me, and they don't come with adaptors for connecting them to the psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 23, 2009 4:35:49 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
The CoolerMaster 690 case comes with three 120mm case fans - one at the bottom front, one on the side panel, and one at the top rear. Do you want to replace the stock case fans? Do you have something else in mind.


I have the Cooler Master 690. It has SEVEN 120mm fan slots (3 are capable of 140mm). I used two cheap 120mm rosewill blue led fans at the top of the case. Looks tight as hell and moves a good amount of air for being five bucks at newegg.
April 23, 2009 4:38:26 AM

irkjab said:
I was planning on adding more fans to it, the case can hold 7 120mm ones, although I think one will be blocked by my heatsink.

These fans look like they're a great deal for the $$, but I don't know about their quality.
Also, the power cables look a bit short to me, and they don't come with adaptors for connecting them to the psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



In truth, you really don't need that much air flowing through it. Like I said, I put two blue led fans at the top of the case, but really, mainly for looks... The three fans will be enough to move air for good overclocking conditions...
April 23, 2009 4:47:28 AM

Thanks for the replies.
I would like to add fans to the case though, so I was wondering what fans would provide good airflow in a quiet manner, without being ridiculously priced.
April 23, 2009 4:50:28 AM

i have 4 Scythe Slipstream fans, move tons of air and are relatively quiet. Ive found that the heatsink that it is mounted on makes the air whistle, but just the straight fan running it is really quiet. Yeah, they are like $9, so not super cheap, but I like them. Haven't had any go bad, but one broke when I stepped on it (my foot was in quite the bit of pain!). And I wouldn't even really call it broke since it just cracked one of the support arms.
April 23, 2009 5:22:59 AM

Where did you buy them? the $5 shipping per fan on newegg is a little steep lol.
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April 23, 2009 7:11:55 AM

I happen to like the Scythe S-Flex SSF21 series. They come in different speed (and therefore different airflow and noise ratings). They are a little pricy though.
April 23, 2009 11:22:11 AM

Here and Here are a couple good reviews on a lot of popular fans well worth the read.

All Yate loon fans are not the same, Petras has the best quality of Yate loons you can find (some others may but you are guaranteed that Petras does) if you would go for the Yates.

Personally I don't like the sleeve bearings (too short of life span specially when mounted horizontally) and would go with the S-Flex and eat the cost on the original purchase (they will on average last three to four times as long) instead of replacing the sleeve bearing fans every year or two.
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