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What fans should I get?

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December 10, 2012 12:06:06 PM

Hi there, at the moment I have a CoolerMaster Elite 430 Case and was looking for looking to change the Fans to make it both less noisey and to not have LEDs in.

My budget is around £12.50/$20 a fan or $40/$65 Total.

At the moment in the case I have the default fan which comes with the 430 Case, A Cooler Master 12cm SickleFlow System Fan and the H60 Fan.

Anyone got any suggestions? So I would need two fans (One to replace the exhaust at the top of the case, one to replace the intake at the front of the case (The default case fan) and maybe one to replace the H60 default Fan to make it a bit more quieter.



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a b K Overclocking
December 10, 2012 1:50:12 PM

Noctua make great long lasting fans . They are quiet and move lots of air . I have 2 that I bought 4 years ago still going strong 24/7 . They move lots of air are quiet and last .
December 10, 2012 2:30:41 PM

Noctuas may stretch his budget a bit.

If you have a fan controller/undervolter, I would recommend Slip Stream 1900RPM or Yate Loon High. They both show top notch(almost) performance at a very low price point.

If you don't have fan controllers, maybe a SS 1200RPM or Yate Loon Mid will work quite well.

Also you can take a look at Coolink Swif2, they perform surprisingly well at very low noise levels.

Here's an immensely helpful collage of benchmarks of 393 fans tested under the same equipment, with very detailed and simple searching.
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December 11, 2012 6:51:44 AM

Yes, Be Quiet's fans are good for low noise, but that's about it. Even at low noise levels, they aren't the top for airflow. Coolink's Swif2 series have 800rpm and 1200rpm, both offer incredible airflow at very low noise(800rpm completely inaudible from ~10cm), and a cheap price. They don't look as exotic as Be Quiet, though.
December 11, 2012 7:17:10 AM

So would the Coolink's Swif2 series be good for intake and outtake?
What about one for the h60?
December 11, 2012 9:00:06 AM

SP 120 quiet edition/ high cfm for the h60 one. No tacky leds, good looking and quiet.
a b K Overclocking
December 11, 2012 9:07:20 AM

I've got one of these fans in my case (as case fan not radiator) and they are pretty damn impressive:

for your radiator....i've heard the Cooler Master Excalibur is a really good radiator fan and I seen in a review it whooped a heap load of fans in temperature testing...

Does exceed your budget for fans though but it's also easy to maintain (blades easily come off for cleaning).
December 11, 2012 10:12:07 AM

Thanks for the Reply, I've just looked at the fan you recommended for my case, but can't find anywhere in the UK that sell them. Is there any fans like you ones you've recommended.
December 11, 2012 12:50:02 PM

ouch, that is a bit expensive. Do you know of any cheaper ones? Just maybe a couple pounds cheaper?
December 17, 2012 7:21:58 AM

Bought some fans now, ended up going for some with some rubber screws, these work quite well, they're very quiet and do their job, the only problem I'm having now is my noisy h60, which I might have to RMA.

Thanks for your help! You can close this now :-)