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post #11 of 28
Get some Cooler Master Excalibur's
    
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Originally Posted by Schmuckley;14767200 
aw d00d..that's terrible airflow http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6705478&CatId=802

these have almost twice the airflow @ 20db they come in colors or black

The green sickle flows were on sale at Microcenter for $4.99. The Tri-Cools were on sale as well for $3.99.
    
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post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
Heard the CM fans specs are bull from reviews ect.
SilentX are in the same boat, stay away from them.

I liked the idea of the Excalibur's but cant find and reviews saying the are what they are frown.gif
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You'll have to search for good fan reviews to find reliable numbers from most fan companies (excluding those who sell for industrial use and not usually to consumers like us). Xbitlabs is one of the best and Tator Tot has a great one on this very forum.
    
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My vote goes to the Noctua NFP12's

They are a little spendy, but they are soooo nice.
I found this which is useful.

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post #17 of 28
If you liked Scythe Slipstreams.... you could go with the PWM version of them, check before that your mobo can control fans via bios/software, Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P 120mm Case Fan. If your mobo cant control PWM fans, then i would go with Scythe Gentle Typhoons, there are lots of version with different rpms, chose whatever fit your needs on cooling/noise. Another good 120mm fan are Noiseblockers M12, just very expensive fans, i would continue with slipstreams as they are cheap, and with the PWM version, mobos can control it from 200rpm to 1300rpm.
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post #18 of 28
Put them at 5v, get a molex to 3 pin connector and a fan splitter. Than swap the 12 volt going to the 3 pin header to the 5 volt pass through. Walla all fans of that fan header will run at 5v. I have my sythe slipstream 1200 @ 5v and it is totally inaudible. I daresay the 1600rpm version would be near silent at 5v aswell.
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post #19 of 28
I have 3 Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000's. They are AMAZING fans!! Extremely silent, amazing cooling and very cheap too!
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post #20 of 28
Do what Ruairi says with the 5v trick.

My votes are to the Gentle Typhoons; Zalman ZM-F3 (Sharkfin or FDB); Thermalright TY-140 (120mm mounting holes); Sycthe Slipstreams; Noisebreakers; Nexus 120mm.

I've been looking at a lot of fans lately for a new build, hence the recommendations. Also in the review mix was budget fans like the Coolermaster Sickeflow and the Antec TriCool series. All reviews I've read show that these are the cheaper alternatives to the better fans that I mentioned above. You will get the same CFM as the better/more expensive offerings but that comes with higher noise levels. I've listened to the CM sickleflows for example and while they are not only very loud at full RPM they also have their own signature 'wurrrrr' noise at high speeds. This 'signature sound' will put you off most cheaper fans like the sickleflow and tricool models (as it did for me).

The Zalman ZM-F3 120mm FBD model sounds lovely to me even at high speeds and I can source it in SA very easily, so i'm going to fill my case with this fan smile.gif. Longevity, good CFM flow and near silent @5v, what more could you ask for?
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