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I know everyone recommends GT's. But they are expensive.

This fan will go in the front of my case in my file server. It will be cooling 6 hard drives stacked pretty tight. Right now I have some cheap scythe fan that is pretty much silent but moves very little air. Tried a CM R4 but it was way too loud.

It will be plugged into a molex adapter so I can't change the speed.
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I use yate loon SL12. Most people will recommend Silent Typhoons. And yeah you can change speeds on the molex. Just by changing the voltage. Go here.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article6-page1.html
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The R4 is rated @ 19 dB-A; that's too loud?
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I use yate loon SL12. Most people will recommend Silent Typhoons. And yeah you can change speeds on the molex. Just by changing the voltage. Go here.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article6-page1.html
How do you change the voltage?
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The R4 is rated @ 19 dB-A; that's too loud?
I never bothered with the specs. I just know that I put it in to try yesterday and it was way too loud. This thing runs 24/7 in my one bedroom apartment so I don't want to hear it.
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The R4 is rated @ 19 dB-A; that's too loud?
19db is at its lowest speeds (600-800rpm)
you will need a controller on it, or use about 5v

i have a few of these, they are nearly silent
Kingwin 120 x 120mm Long Life Bearing Case Fan $3 ea
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0325743

Quote:
Fan Dimensions 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Material: Plastic
Color: Black
Baring: Long Life Bearing
Speed: 950 RPM
Airflow: 40 CFM
Noise Level: 19 dBA
Power Connector: 3-pin Power Connector, 4-pin Power Connector
Operation Voltage: 10,8 - 13,3 V
Rated Voltage: 12 Volts
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty

these are also good 3 speed fans

Antec TriCool 120mm Blue LED Case Fan $4
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0365890
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Material Plastic
Color Black
Number of LEDs (4) LEDs
LED Color Blue
Speed 1,200 RPM; 1,600 RPM; 2,000 RPM
Airflow Up to 69.59 CFM
Maximum Air Pressure 2.548mm H2O
Noise Level 19.45 dBA to 34.5 dBA
Fan Life 20,000 Hours
Power Connector 4-pin Molex Connector
Operation Voltage 10.2V to 13.8V
Rated Voltage 12 Volts
Starting Voltage 7 Volts
Rated Current 0.35 Amps
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How do you change the voltage?
You pull the pins out of the molex on the fan and switch the positions according to the pics on that page. Since you are not going to a mobo system fan spot you can eliminate (tie back) the sensor wire and rearrange the pins as needed for 5 or 7v.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233085

Assuming the specifications are correct this might be sweet.
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19db is at its lowest speeds (600-800rpm)
you will need a controller on it, or use about 5v

i have a few of these, they are nearly silent
Kingwin 120 x 120mm Long Life Bearing Case Fan $3 ea
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0325743




these are also good 3 speed fans

Antec TriCool 120mm Blue LED Case Fan $4
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0365890
Thanks, the rear case fan is actually a tri cool, I should just get another. Not sure if I'd rather drive to MC or pay shipping.
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You pull the pins out of the molex on the fan and switch the positions according to the pics on that page. Since you are not going to a mobo system fan spot you can eliminate (tie back) the sensor wire and rearrange the pins as needed for 5 or 7v.
Ah I see thank you.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233085

Assuming the specifications are correct this might be sweet.
Thanks for the link.
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