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For all those who own HAF 932's, do you keep the stock 230mm fans? Or do you swap them out for multiple 120mm fans?

I know the side panel can fit up to four 120mm fans and the top can fit up to three 120mm fans...do you guys prefer 120mm fans? I know the stock cooler master 230mm certainly doesn't feel like 110cfms....If you do prefer 120mm fans, what particular brand do you go with?

And finally one more question,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na0KKbtA1Ns

fast forward to 4:22 mark. Isn't it overkill for cooler master to put mesh front cover AND a metal front grille in front of an intake? Does the metal grille come off by any chance? Or is dremeling the only way?
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Fans are a personal choice, but the first thing I did when I got my HAF 932 was to yank out all the 230mm fans and throw them in a box.
Nice thing about the 932 is that it allows either size of fan to be mounted.
Most of the fans I replaced the anemic 230mm fans with are 120mm Cooler Master R4's. I used a couple extra Noctua 120mm fans I had in the bottom of the case. The R4's aren't high-end fans, but work well for the price. (See my build link for photos).

For me, fitting four 120mm fans on the door provided a big decrease in my gpu temps. over the stock 230mm fan.

You would have to dremel the metal grille as it's part of the case body. It has decent-sized holes though, so I don't find it to be too restrictive.
    
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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by DerComissar View Post

Fans are a personal choice, but the first thing I did when I got my HAF 932 was to yank out all the 230mm fans and throw them in a box.
Nice thing about the 932 is that it allows either size of fan to be mounted.
Most of the fans I replaced the anemic 230mm fans with are 120mm Cooler Master R4's. I used a couple extra Noctua 120mm fans I had in the bottom of the case. The R4's aren't high-end fans, but work well for the price. (See my build link for photos).
For me, fitting four 120mm fans on the door provided a big decrease in my gpu temps. over the stock 230mm fan.
You would have to dremel the metal grille as it's part of the case body. It has decent-sized holes though, so I don't find it to be too restrictive.

thanks for the response smile.gif

I was definitely thinking of swapping the side and top 230mm fans...I mean just by "feeling" them on my hands, the airflow seems lacking for such a huge fan...my guess is that two decent 120mm will can flow more air than one of those stock 230mm...haha

So I'm thinking of going with four 120mm on the side, three 120mm on top...and leaving the stock 230mm in front, because I don't have a choice...at least I don't see any other option of swapping fans there...it looks like 200 or 230 or bust

Is it a common mod to dremel out the front grille for the 230mm? I just don't know why cooler master would double filter it (front mesh + front metal grille)...I would think just adding a damn dust filter and getting rid of that metal grille would be the best intake solution
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You're welcome. I'm certainly no expert on the airflow characteristics of fans, the big fans seem to put out a wider flow of air, but with less concentrated pressure than a 120mm.
But some people are quite happy with them.

I was just curious, is it a HAF X or a HAF 932 you're going to be working with? The 932's fans can be swapped for 120mm fans all around, but not so with the HAF X.

I don't think it's a common mod to cut out the fan grille for less restriction, but some modders have been doing that for years. I did that myself on an old Lian-Li case several years ago, used a holesaw to cut some extra fan holes as well. That was before the 120mm fans came out, so I was using several noisy 80mm fans. I eventually put some aluminum mesh filters on the holes though. The airflow was great, but there was nothing to stop dust or any other small matter from being sucked into the case:D
    
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You're welcome. I'm certainly no expert on the airflow characteristics of fans, the big fans seem to put out a wider flow of air, but with less concentrated pressure than a 120mm.
But some people are quite happy with them.
I was just curious, is it a HAF X or a HAF 932 you're going to be working with? The 932's fans can be swapped for 120mm fans all around, but not so with the HAF X.
I don't think it's a common mod to cut out the fan grille for less restriction, but some modders have been doing that for years. I did that myself on an old Lian-Li case several years ago, used a holesaw to cut some extra fan holes as well. That was before the 120mm fans came out, so I was using several noisy 80mm fans. I eventually put some aluminum mesh filters on the holes though. The airflow was great, but there was nothing to stop dust or any other small matter from being sucked into the case:D

i will be working with a 932

so the front 230 can be swapped with how many 120mm? i didn't know the holes in the front accepted 120mm
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You'll enjoy working with the 932.
The 932 has mounting holes in the front grille for one 120mm fan where the included 230mm fan resides.
You can mount another 120mm fan above it in the drive bay, but you'll need a 120mm fan adapter to hold it, or just rest it on the bay shelf and secure it with a zip tie.
I used a plastic 120mm bay adapter from a previous build.

Have a look at "My HAF 932 Black Edition Build" link in my sig.
There is a photo of the 120mm fan mounted in the front, and the other 120mm fan above it.
There is room for a third 120mm above that, but that would leave no room for a dvd burner or whatever.
But two decent 120's provide plenty of airflow through the front of the case.

Another thing I like about the HAF 932 is that it can accept either a top or bottom-mounted psu.
By fitting my psu in the top, I had lots of space for two 480's with triple-slot coolers, and the benefit of mounting two 120mm fans under them.
Edited by DerComissar - 1/11/12 at 5:58pm
    
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Four fans on side. 230 on top on front.
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