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With a lot of research, finding nothing worthwhile, and with considerable thought, I’d like to suggest this hardware/software combination: http://www.mellen.biz/fancontroller/
Do you want to automatically adjust your fan speeds based upon case temperature(s), and/or want some more fan headers of the type you want for the fan make/model you want to use, and monitor all your fan speeds in the best respected application out there? This relatively simple controller board, in conjunction with SpeedFan’s new fan control user interface (as of 4.44β), is a great way to automatically control your fans to keep your build cool, as quiet as possible, and safe. Tom’s hardware says that “If you are interested in regulating your fans, you should also furnish your system with numerous heat sensors. An alarm function triggered at critical levels should alert the user that the PC is getting too hot, or better yet, automatically take control of and adjust fan settings.†This solution is all that and more, without paying too much for it.
To obtain it, you have three choices…
1)You need to ask your favorite manufacturer to make it so. Apply pressure showing a market, and manufacturers won’t want to be the last with the solution. Along with a personal note, send the information below to them, so they get a consistent picture. Are you listening Antec?, Silverstone? LianLi? Gelid? ArcticColling? Thermaltake? CoolerMaster? Zalman? Scythe? Noctua? NZXT?
2)If some electronics, Win7 programming, and marketing people can get together and get it prototyped & proven, they could perhaps work something out with a PCB design & assembly service to get it to market at a reasonable price point, or
3)Arm-twist a local university that might entertain this as an interdisciplinary project that could be subsequently run with…
Write me at fancontroller@mellen.biz if you have further improvements for the product or visit www.mellen.biz/fancontroller if you want the latest thoughts on the product. I’d be glad to get this rolling…
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When it comes to fan controlling, why not something like most people do and install a fan controller in your 5.24" drive bay? I have one by NZXT that's an LCD touch screen, has 5 channels, and cost me around $25USD. It has temp sensors so I can see temps, and manually or automatically control my fans, no windows required. I personally would rather have hardware controlling my fans, not windows.

Second, fan choice. It really depends on what you are looking for. Each person has a different tollerence to fan noise, and air flow noise. Each fan also has their own unique sound at different speeds. Some push more or less than others, and move more air, or work better with RADs (liquid cooling). It's really one of those things you'll have to find what you like on your own, or just research what you NEED (by type, and specs) and then just experiment. Personally I don't buy a fan that retails under $10USD (unless I know the manufacturer is reputable) as I prefer a long lasting quality fan that I can rely on. Someone else please voice your opinion, I am only one person.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8P67-m GTS 450 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial C300 Corsair H50 Windows 7/Gentoo 25" Hannspree 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
25" Hannspree Das Professional Model S OCZ 550W Modular Custom 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Logitech 2.1 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8P67-m GTS 450 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial C300 Corsair H50 Windows 7/Gentoo 25" Hannspree 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
25" Hannspree Das Professional Model S OCZ 550W Modular Custom 
MouseAudio
Razer Naga Logitech 2.1 
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I guess I’m not one for “eye candyâ€â€¦
Also, looking at the NZXT reviews, don’t want a fire, lots of reported problems w/design quality, I often want to run fans at less than 40%, have smaller speed increments, want PWM support, want to know actual fan speeds, …don’t want to be limited to a proprietary hardware interface – prefer proven SpeedFan with my automatic choice of speeds for certain temperatures.
This is why I’m exploring… who wants something with a different, less proprietary, underlying design?
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