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Looking for some quiet fans that move a lot of air... GentleTyphoons i guess are the quietest but Newegg has none. Anything else that's really quiet while still being able to move a lot of air?
    
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http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...no=AP121&area=

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What fans are you missing?

For front fans get Gentle Typhoons AP-12's or AP-13's. The 800 rpm AP-12 pushes some air, more-or-less silently. The 1150rpm AP-13 pushes more air, nearly silently. And those are in stock.

Antec 300's are like Antec 900's - worthless, IMO. They stick you with only a rear top fan position. All you can do with that is exhaust. No top intake.

Antec cases are poorly designed IMO. Well constructed but poorly designed.
Edited by ehume - 4/27/11 at 6:14pm
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What fans are you missing?

For front fans get Gentle Typhoons AP-12's or AP-13's. The 800 rpm AP-12 puhes some air, more-or-less silently. The 1150rpm AP-13 pushes more air, nearly silently. And those are in stock.

Antec 300's are like Antec 900's - worthless, IMO. They stick you with only a rear top fan position. All you can do with that is exhaust. No top intake.

Antec cases are poorly designed IMO. Well constructed but poorly designed.
Not missing really, but like 3 of my fans have started to make odd sounds and are just stopping and stuff. (They are really cheap, they dont even have a brand on them)

I checked, on Newegg, and i didn't see any gentle typhoons in stock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...yphoon&x=0&y=0

Also i think i might end up changing out the TriCool 140mm exhaust... it vibrates to much. What's a good replacement for that?
    
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Not missing really, but like 3 of my fans have started to make odd sounds and are just stopping and stuff. (They are really cheap, they dont even have a brand on them)

I checked, on Newegg, and i didn't see any gentle typhoons in stock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...yphoon&x=0&y=0

Also i think i might end up changing out the TriCool 140mm exhaust... it vibrates to much. What's a good replacement for that?
You will find those GT's in stock at Koolertek. I buy my fans there, at SVC, at Jab-Tech and Directron, mostly. I only buy Newegg when they have a mega-sale, or something unique.
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You will find those GT's in stock at Koolertek. I buy my fans there, at SVC, at Jab-Tech and Directron, mostly. I only buy Newegg when they have a mega-sale, or something unique.
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For front fans get Gentle Typhoons AP-12's or AP-13's. The 800 rpm AP-12 puhes some air, more-or-less silently. The 1150rpm AP-13 pushes more air, nearly silently. And those are in stock.
Ok, now if i want 2 AP-13's at the front. Can i splice the wire together in 1 3 pin connector, and control them via the onboard fan controller?
my mobo is the one in my sig.

Also can you recommend a quiet 140mm fan, and what should i use as the rear exhaust that is also pretty quiet?
    
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Ok, now if i want 2 AP-13's at the front. Can i splice the wire together in 1 3 pin connector, and control them via the onboard fan controller?
my mobo is the one in my sig.

Also can you recommend a quiet 140mm fan, and what should i use as the rear exhaust that is also pretty quiet?
Don't splice. Use this Y-cable. My first one has endured 400+ fan changes and it's still going strong. With free shipping, it's a great deal.

I use nothing for rear exhaust. I cut out the rear grills of my cases, like this:



and this:



As for 140mm fans, check out item 4 in my sig and this review. For great balance of airflow and quiet, the Prolimatech Blue or Red Vortex is wonderful. The Thermalright X-Silent 140 is right behind it. For 140mm fans where you can use 120mm screw holes, I love the Kaze Maru 2 / Slip Stream 140 fans, in 500rpm, 800rpm and 1200rpm, depending on the situation. For top exhaust - which I do not recommend - only the TY-140 will do. For top intake or side panel, any of the good 140mm fans will do. I use a Kaze Maru (original type) 1200rpm, but the KM2 is a better fan.
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Noctuas are supposed to be good, but theyre not cheap, and from what I understand there are better fans available. The only reason I bring them up is because they are always available on the big reputable sites like Newegg and frozenCPU.
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Noctua ftw.
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