Quiet Case Fans?

Hi all,

I was considering getting a few quiet case fans (120mm). Right now, my case temperature is roughly 36C, CPU is about 34C, and I have a couple no name fans in here. Would it make sense to swap out a couple of the fans for a couple Noctua NF-S12B (18.1dba, 59cfm) fans? I really want to make my computer a little quieter, but would the Noctua fans help? I know they are quiet, but do they provide enough airflow to keep temps down?

If not, any other fans you guys would suggest? I also want a small 40-50mm quiet fan to provide some airflow to my NB.

Other hardware:
MSI Twin Frozr III 2gb GPU
Corsair CWCH-60 CPU cooler
16gb RAM
MSI 890fxa-GD65 mobo
Corsair Enthusiast 750w v2
AMD Phenom II 1090t

Noctua fans: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608009&Tpk=nf-s12b)

Thanks guys!
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  1. The Noctua Fans will do just great for you. They're good. And for the NB, it would be better to check out an after market cooler but I don't think it's the NB on that board that requires to be cooled but the SB rather.
    And they have these cute little coolers out for the various SBs at TT and other sites if you want to see them.
    http://www.techtastic.ca/reviews2/extreme-spirit.html
    http://www.enzotechnology.com/cnb_s1l.htm
    http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g40/c16/list/p1/Air_Cooling-Chipset_HeatsinksCoolers.html
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835116018
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118214

  2. I have been looking at Akasa vipers (yellow blades, may not suit case)
    They shift lots of air and are 'supposed' to be quieter doing it (note quieter, not quiet)
    You can adjust them down to a quiet level while still shifting air I imagine.
    They are pretty pricey though, around 10 pounds a pop.

    Noctua's are always very good, and the quoted 59cfm is in the mid/high range. Going beyond that and things are going to get very loud.


    Scythe are a very reliable make, and the
    http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/casefans/gt-120-1450

    gentle typhoon fan is specifically made to be quiet, while still moving air.

    The gfx card fans look pretty decent, and are probably contributing heavily to the hot case (blowing everywhere instead of just out the back, which is loud), but I imagine getting the case fans to create a good flow of air in the case (in at the bottom front, out at the top rear) should drop temps a bit.
  3. I can recommend Xigmatech fans as both quiet and good airflow (60 cfm+, <20 dBA). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233035
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