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February 2, 2013 11:57:34 PM

I'm building a new desktop computers and I have a few question I though all of you might be able to help me with. All help is greatly appreciated.

My current build:
AsRock Z77 Professional http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157299
Intel Core i5 3570K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
G.Skill Ares Series 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231548
Seagate Barracuda 3TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844
Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD 256GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193
SeaSonic X Series X-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151102
MSI GTX 670 Power Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685
Corsair Carbide 500r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009


First Question:
I've been looking around for a fan controller that will fit in either 1 or 2 5.25" external drive bays on the case. Seeing as how my motherboard only has 2 chassis fan connectors, I want a fan controller that has 4 or more connectors and can do either manual or automatic fan controlling. So that means that it will need a temperature monitor on it also. Are there any good ones that fit those specifications? From looking around I found these but I'm not sure if there are better ones out there or if these are worth the price.

NZXT Sentry-2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992005
ZALMAN ZM-MFC3 http://www.amazon.com/ZALMAN-ZM-MFC3-Controller-Real-Time-Display/dp/B00274U85O
Scythe KAZE SERVER http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/sckasebl35in.html
NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992004
Lian Li TR-5B http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8136/bus-167/Lian_Li_TR-5B_Temp_Sensor_Fan_Controller_-_Black.html



Next Question:
Which case fans to get? There are so many out there I'm trying to decide between. I would like some that have below 30dBA because I don't want my computer to sound like an airplane taking off like some of those delta fans. The fans I've been looking at are: (sorry, i know its a huge list, but i'm not sure how to cut it down)

Thermaltake AF0018 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106133
GELID Solutions FN-FW12BPL-18 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426024
CM Excalibur R4-EXBB-20PK-R0 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103083
Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004
GELID Solutions FN-FW12-15-B 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835426018
Corsair Air SP120 Quiet Edition 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181025
Corsair Air AF120 Performance 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181023
CM R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069
Antec TrueQuiet 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209050
Nexus BASIC D12SL-12 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835610006
Enermax T.B.SILENCE 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214028
Thermalright X-Silent 120mm http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9652/fan-609/Thermalright_X-Silent_120mm_x_25mm_Stealth_Silent_Fan_-_1000RPM.html?tl=c15s60b34
Noiseblocker M12-S1 120mm http://www.amazon.com/Noiseblocker-NB-Multiframe-M12-S1-120mmx25mm-Silent/dp/B001BFTMQ6
Noiseblocker M12-S2 120mm http://www.amazon.com/Noiseblocker-NB-Multiframe-M12-S2-120mmx25mm-Silent/dp/B001BFPJNQ
Noiseblocker M12-PS 120mm http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12548/fan-821/Noiseblocker_NB-Multiframe_M12-PS_120mmx25mm_Super_Ultra_Silent_PWM_Fan_-_600-1500_RPM_-_7-23_dBA.html
Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentFan XL1 120mm http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8407/fan-524/Noiseblocker_NB-BlackSilentFan_XL1_120mmx25mm_Ultra_Quiet_Fan_-_1000_RPM_-_13_dBA.html
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Gentle-Typhoon-1450rpm-45-9cfm/dp/tech-data/B001Q6X0S6/ref=de_a_smtd
Scythe Slip Stream SY1225SL12SL 120mm http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Stream-120mm-800RPM-SY1225SL12L/dp/tech-data/B00479BPIG/ref=de_a_smtd

Phanteks PH-F140TS_WT 140mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709005
ENERMAX UCTA14N-BL 140mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214031
ENERMAX UCTVD14A 140mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214035
CM R4-S4S-10AK-GP 140mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103078
Corsair Air AF140 Quiet 140mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028
Phanteks PH-F140TS_RD 140mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709008
Thermalright TY-141 140 mm http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-TY-141-bearing-noise-emission/dp/B00767HPYO/ref=pd_cp_pc_0
Noctua (NF-A14 FLX) 140mm http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NF-A14-FLX-140x140x25mm-Bearing/dp/B00AEGRGNO



Also, should I replace the fans that come with the case with other fans?
Also, are all case fans capable of having their fan speed adjusted or do I have to get only PWM fans?
(Sorry for horrible grammar, I'm just trying to get all my ideas down)



Next Question:
Which CPU cooler to get between
Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-Silver-Arrow-SB-E-Universal/dp/B007BO0VEI
(looking at most reviews it looks like they are pretty much the same, so I would go with the cheaper one, but I was wondering what all of you thought)


Also, will they fit in the case I chose? I think the will due to the specs listed here http://www.anandtech.com/show/4972/corsair-carbide-500r-a-corsair-in-every-home but I wanted to ask to make sure.



Unrelated Questions I'm hoping someone can help me with (I know its the wrong board, but I decided to just put everything in 1 post):
1) Good 5.25" Card Reader to get?
2) Keyboard/Mice Selection: Corsair K90 + Corsair Vengeance M90. Good quality?
3) Sound card: My MoBo has a Realtek ALC898 audio chip in it. I'm going to get Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO speakers for my desktop, is it worth it to get a separate sound card? Or would I not be able to tell the difference?
4) Besides a fan controller and a DVD/Blue ray drive what other cool things can go in a external 5.25" drive bay?



Thank you everyone for the help! You're the best!


Edit 1: Decided a sound card is not necessary with 2.1 speakers.
Edit 2: Decided on case fans. Thank you very much to SR-71 Blackbird for the link to the Cooling Fan Roundup 2012.

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a c 209 K Overclocking
February 3, 2013 2:20:48 AM

NZXT Sentry-2

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a c 209 K Overclocking
February 3, 2013 2:21:16 AM
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February 3, 2013 2:53:04 AM

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NZXT Sentry-2


Thank you for the feedback. The only problem I saw with that was that the reviews say it jump from 0% to 40% fan speed. I didn't know if this would be a problem or if I wouldn't even notice this.

@SR-71 Blackbird

Thank you for the recommendation and the link.

Welcoming any more advice.
a c 209 K Overclocking
February 3, 2013 2:54:33 AM

Wait for more input others will chime in,the scythe controller is a nice one also.
February 10, 2013 4:11:40 AM

Best answer selected by Kerfuffle13.
a c 209 K Overclocking
February 10, 2013 4:22:23 PM

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