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August 3, 2012 5:54:46 PM

Hello Tom's members,

I love going to Tom's and looking around and learning things. Mods if this is wrong section please move it and let me know, thanks.

I have built a system and want advice on the cooling. What I want above all else is quietness with adequate cooling with NO LEDs.

The case is the Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Five Fans, window side panel, top hard drive dock.

I hate the LEDs. I do video transcoding at night and the blue lights are driving me crazy, plus its not quiet. I want to replace the ones in there and fill up all the fans. I don't need expensive ones just quiet ones that tend to last a while.

I also would like to know which direction to have the fans as well. I will break down my system for you below as that is typically asked for and I can see reasons it would need to be asked.

inside the case is (well will be after the RMA is returned) the ASrock extreme6/GB
core i7 3820
H50 water cooling kit (works pretty well if I don't overclock which I don't intend to) Also on this the original fan had a blade that broke, so I am looking for a good quality, quiet replacement for this as well.
32 gb of g.skill ram (can update the specs if needed)
gtx480
Rosewill Hive 750 Watt PSU
a blu-ray player, and dvd burner
for hard drives I have 2 OCZ agility 3 90gb )which may or may not go to raid
a 500gb 5400 old laptop hard drive (laptop finally kicked the bucket) and a 1tb drive that I acquired from a dead computer at a garage sale (woot for the $50)

I am asking here because I totally trust this community and would appreciate any feedback.

Also if you need more info I can dig it up

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August 3, 2012 8:21:52 PM
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to do that you will need two 120mm fans and three 140mm's.
These are the quetest 120mm fans I know of and thats due to the low airflow.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this would be the next up the line, a little more airflow for a little more noise (still quiet by most peoples standards)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For 140mm these are about as quiet as you will find.
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Kazemaru-140mm-800RPM-SM14...
August 3, 2012 8:46:42 PM

popatim said:
to do that you will need two 120mm fans and three 140mm's.
These are the quetest 120mm fans I know of and thats due to the low airflow.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this would be the next up the line, a little more airflow for a little more noise (still quiet by most peoples standards)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For 140mm these are about as quiet as you will find.
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Kazemaru-140mm-800RPM-SM14...



Thanks for the response, I'll check these out.
August 18, 2012 8:30:59 PM

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