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hi,

so i ordered the silverstone FT02b. i know that the bottom fans will be AP181's so i dont think i need to worry about them. the top fan however, id like to replace if it isnt that well made.

anyone know of any good options for the top fan of it? the case is an interesting case with one exhaust, since it believes in the positive pressure thinking. so i wouldnt like to have a really fast 120 mm fan, or else i think it would actually hinder what the case was designed to do.

also, i was thinking of water cooling my cpu soon(maybe in a couple of months), so please take that into consideration

im using the hyper 212+ with push/pull on my i5 right now

thanks for your help
Edited by j8ninja - 10/19/11 at 2:36pm
    
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Wow, that is a massively expensive and cool case. Um, for the 120mm I guess it depends on what your noise level limit is. GT's are highly recommended and if you only have the one fan exhaust then go with the most cfm you can get. I don't think you have to worry about the single 120mm exhaust fan doing more cfm than the 3 intake fans which are rated at 80-110cfm each.

At the minimum I would think you want say a D1225C12B5AP-15 - 1850rpm and a bit noisier but more air would be a 3000 RPM - D1225C12B7AP-29. If you want less exhaust then the AP-14 is also great and is close to whisper quiet.
Edited by Swiftdeathz - 10/19/11 at 3:27pm
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I replaced the stock fan with a 1,150 rpm Gentle Typhoon AP-13. It spins slightly faster than the stock fan and is still quieter. I compared them directly. I also installed a vibration dampening silicon gasket. I have AP-15 gentle typhoons on my heatsink in push/pull. I usually run them at only about 1000 rpm with my fan controller though because I find them too loud at 1,800. My rig is built for complete silence though.

Honestly it doesn't even matter. I experimented with removing the fan entirely and saw no difference in temps.

If you are going to stick a 120mm radiator up there then definitely go with gentle typhoons. They are the best 120mm fan for radiators. In fact, they are just the best 120mm fans period...
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thanks you guys,

ill definitely pick up some gentle typhoons then, the quieter the case, the better
    
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post #5 of 8
considering its a positive pressure case, you can just put a wire grill there w/o a fan if you want to the case itself is overkill for your current application unless you are doing some serious OC'ing. at which time you shouldn't be using the hyper 212 anyway.

is there any reason why you are moving to water? what do you intend to do with your i5 that would justify that move? i'd say unless you are going for something that is higher then a 4.5 ghz there isn't much reason to go liquid in that case.
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considering its a positive pressure case, you can just put a wire grill there w/o a fan if you want to
Yeah, as I mentioned earlier the top fan makes no difference. I just use it because I already paid for the damn thing. Didn't want to let it just gather dust in the closet...
    
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since this will be my first case with a window, i wanted it too look great when i looked into it. thats really the only reason i might switch to watercooling, though if there were really nice looking cpu coolers that arent bulky, then id probably stay with air cooling on cpu....

in my case, my graphic cards have been heating up to pretty high temps (75+ C) and they are only at stock, so i would like it to be cooler

tl,dr: i want to have a pretty case =D
    
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post #8 of 8
well, if you prefer the looks of a water system, then sure by all means personally I'm more into the monolithic look of the HR-02. just seeing a monster sized heatsink in the case makes me giggle inside and with the HR-02, you are set for some good OCing or a very silent build. with the FT02 and the AP181's. you can actually run the HR-02 passive if you don't go nuts on OCing. (I've read 4ghz w/o fan on the heatsink, if any owners can chime in on this one)

anyway. vanity is a personal thing. if you prefer the water look, then by all means go for it as for a replacement fan for the top, believe it or not the AP121's actually looks cool when you install it on the top of the FT02
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