Generic case fans


My computer's case is a Thermaltake Soprano. It's got two 12cm fans. They are about 3 years old and very noisy, and cleaning/oiling them only fixes the problem for a few weeks. So I need new fans. Is it OK to buy generic ones that cost $2.5 on eBay, or should I go for the Scythe Kama 2 ($10) and similar?

I don't need very efficient cooling, just something as good as the ones that come with my case. I do not overclock anything, and I'm good with the current temps.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. The Scythes are great choices for quiet fans. I use them often.
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    It's okay to go ahead and buy those generic ones but there's no promise on how long they'll last. They also may not have a warranty, but at that price who needs one?
  3. Yeah, who needs warranty, even for $10 items. Also, shipping could take 2 or 3 weeks, so I'll order some 4 generic fans and have two of them as extras.
  4. you can get packs of 4 on newegg for $10-$12 which will get three day shipping and might come with a warrantee... more importantly, even if they don't, complaining to newegg's Customer Service still results in a return or replacement 90% of the time.
  5. I can't order from Newegg, I live in Israel. I'm limited to internationally-shipping eBay sellers.
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