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November 26, 2010 6:09:58 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so this case has some pretty LOUD fans in it...

it has:

1 front 120mm fan
1 rear 120mm fan
2 top 120mm fan
2 side 120mm fan
1 bottom 120mm fan

these are the contenders:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8408/fan-525/Noiseblo...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7559/fan-455/Yate_Loo...

those Antec Tricool fans are a bit pricey for me

~below 25dba is must

budget: not more than ~16 dollars per fan

Question 1: What are some good cheap relatively quiet fans i could buy?

Question 2: are side fans necessary? would it not disrupt airflow?

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November 26, 2010 6:30:15 PM

1. i've owned plenty of fans.
- most are made by just a few companies and sold under different brand names like antec, noiseblocker, artic, etc.,
- just about any decent fan moves the same amount of air at the same noise level as the next decent fan as long as they run at the same RPM. the faster the fan runs, the more air it moves and the louder it is. the stats you see on any fan package are a joke since their is no standard to the tests. The exact same fan can be packaged with 28dba by one brand and 17dba by another.

I've found these enermax fans pretty silent. I also own the antec tr-cool ones (which are nice too)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
review
http://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/zardon/enerma...

2. ive found 120mm side fans actually increase temps and are pretty much useless.


here's a review of several silent fans
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article695-page2.html
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November 26, 2010 6:35:14 PM

Do you need them running at full speed? What about a fan speed controller to lower rpm = lower noise.
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November 27, 2010 1:51:19 AM

I like those enermax ones cheaper than than the noisebocker ones

fan controller? hmm that would tack on another 20-30 dollars on the price
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November 27, 2010 7:25:20 AM

I mean instead of the fans.

If your fans push out some good air flow you could run them slower and still keep the system cool.

1 fan controller would be cheaper than all new fans. :D 
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November 30, 2010 4:13:50 AM

hmm intriguing suggestions on good fan controllers?

my case setup as of now is
1 front cage fan with hdd in the cage
1 2000rpm exhaust fan
1 1650rpm top exhaust fan
1 1100rpm top exhaust fan silenx 11dba @ 46 CFM

my main worry is my PSU somehow it died on me (given i didnt have ANY fans on but the heat in the case wasnt bad at all)

there is room for one more bottom case fan so maybe that would prevent it from happening again
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November 30, 2010 1:54:04 PM

I'd just be looking at getting a bunch of Yate Loons that fall into what you want. The Tricools aren't very good, and the only other options would be some Scythe S Flexes or Gentle Typhoons which would be way to expensive.
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November 30, 2010 2:23:40 PM

I've just replaced my Yates with the Enermax, more airflow and way quieter on paper, I'll find out tomorrow.
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November 30, 2010 2:33:33 PM

razercultmember1 said:
hmm intriguing suggestions on good fan controllers?

my case setup as of now is
1 front cage fan with hdd in the cage
1 2000rpm exhaust fan
1 1650rpm top exhaust fan
1 1100rpm top exhaust fan silenx 11dba @ 46 CFM

my main worry is my PSU somehow it died on me (given i didnt have ANY fans on but the heat in the case wasnt bad at all)

there is room for one more bottom case fan so maybe that would prevent it from happening again


beans gave you a good recommendation on a fan controller, this was is also solid and fairly cheap.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

what PSU did you have? for how long did you have it?
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December 1, 2010 2:57:59 AM

Corsair TX950 not even 6 months :\ im a RMA it asap though
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December 1, 2010 3:09:32 AM

Petey1013 said:
I'd just be looking at getting a bunch of Yate Loons that fall into what you want. The Tricools aren't very good, and the only other options would be some Scythe S Flexes or Gentle Typhoons which would be way to expensive.


whats these yate loons you talking about?

those enermax clusters are O_o out of budget i like the yate loons

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7559/fan-455/Yate_Loo...

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December 2, 2010 1:29:18 PM

UPDATE: Just installed an Enermax TB Silence, yes its virtually silent but my CPU temp went up 8C even though the Yate Loon D12SM-12 I had on there is supposed to have less airflow?!?

How is this possible?
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December 2, 2010 2:06:46 PM

Better static pressure probably. And yateloons give ACTUAL real specs on their fans, most companies don't.
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December 2, 2010 2:56:38 PM

Nope, I've sussed it.

The Yate airflow was in CFM and the Enermax was in m3/h so the Enermax has less airflow than the Yate.

What a doughnut.

They are very, very quiet, I can confirm.
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December 2, 2010 8:39:40 PM

how much more quiet are the new fans? is it even discernible?
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a c 165 ) Power supply
December 2, 2010 9:16:10 PM

beanoslim said:
UPDATE: Just installed an Enermax TB Silence, yes its virtually silent but my CPU temp went up 8C even though the Yate Loon D12SM-12 I had on there is supposed to have less airflow?!?

How is this possible?


the yate loon runs at 1700rpm, the enermax at 1k RPM
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December 2, 2010 9:18:27 PM

Immensely quieter.

I don't think the TB's are powerfull enough for case fans.

I am using the Everest as my case fans but they came with a stupid heat sensor that apparently senses the heat where you put it and auto adjusts the fans, it didn't work and the fans spun at 500rpm. All I did was cut the sensor off split the wires and twist them together. This then sets the fans at full speed and I can control them with my fan speed controller.

Got them just below full power but even at full power I would say they generate half the noise of the Yates.
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December 10, 2010 2:33:54 PM

Well I've got a dual GTX460 setup and with the side off my Antec 300 they were running around 56C and 62C.
With the 2xfront and the 2 exhaust fans active they dropped to 54C and 58C.
Adding the side fan that blows directly onto the gpu's they dropped to 50C and 54C even OC'd at 865mhz.

The TB's are super quiet, if I was now picking some case fans I would go for these with higher air flow.
Although I am still happy with my bright blue Everests.
http://www.enermax.co.uk/index.php?L=2&id=133
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