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post #1 of 19
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Hey guys,
I'm working on a new build and was thinking of using a 4-fan push/pull set up for a 240 radiator and was wondering if I could get some thoughts on what fans (brands and speeds) which would allow for both good cooling and relative silence.

My current thought was to use 2x 120x38 Yate Loon Low Speeds as push and 2x 120x25 ? ? as pulls, but I'm a little lost as to if this is the best set up. I'm wanting to use the different thicknesses because of clearance issues, I measured my case for 4x 120x38's + radiator and found it to be a little too thick.

So, any thoughts as to what types of fans and what set up I should use?
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post #2 of 19
The XSPC RX series and Black Ice SR-1 are optimized for fairly low speed fans. Google "water cooling radiator roundup" - practically every result is very informative.

Yate Loons are good fans, so are Gentle Typhoons. Get a fan controller and run them as low as possible and you won't hear a thing

As for clearance I'm a little confused. Can you tell us how much space you have to work with exactly?
Edited by Glancey - 7/29/11 at 12:54pm
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Sorry about that, I suppose I should have clarified. It's a Cooler Master HAF 932, and I plan on installing the 240 radiator inside, at the top, in place of the current 230mm fan.
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post #4 of 19
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I measured (both for thickness and width) and found that 4x 120x38mm's left almost no space between the radiator/fans combo and the board, which, as far as I'm concerned, was too bulky :\\.
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post #5 of 19
Yates are a good budget choice (i'd personally get the medium speeds though). If you want the best performance without being loud, Scythe GTs (ap14 = silent, ap15 = very quiet) are amazing, and when undervolted the Delta AFB1212SHE and Scythe Ultra Kaze perform very well too.
 
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post #6 of 19
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As for the radiator, I was planning on a Black Ice SR-1 240 (possibly a 360, though I haven't measured for that).
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post #7 of 19
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Hmm, I was looking at the deltas; are they worth the money? Haven't really seen much info on them (though, to be honest I haven't looked for specific brands)

I wasn't really looking for budget fans, I'd rather go for quality that covers both performance and silence, so I'm open to all suggestions.

Also, anyone have any feedback on the 2x 120x38(push) & 2x 120x25(pull) set up? Good? Bad? Doesn't matter?
Edited by Daemon6 - 7/29/11 at 1:09pm
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post #8 of 19
If you're never going to run deltas at high speed they aren't worth the money in my opinion. Can't comment on the mobo clearance as I don't own a HAF but check out the Black Ice GTS series, they are very thin and perform quite well (although optimized for higher speed fans iirc). If a BI GTS doesn't fit, nothing will

EDIT: Scythe Gentle Typhoons are also thinner than your Yates at 25mm. I imagine that will help.
Edited by Glancey - 7/29/11 at 1:15pm
post #9 of 19
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would it be better to go with 4x 120x38's and a thinner radiator, or mix for clearance and go with a thicker radiator? I'd always heard thicker the better (with fin density considerations, of course).
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Btw, thanks for all the feedback X)
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