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Got a new case coming in, and need some new fan suggestions...

2x 120 or 140mm for the top (Exhaust)

2x 120 for the front (intake)

2x 120 for the side (intake)

1x 120 for the bottom (intake)

1x 120 for the rear


I also ordered a Corsair H80 for my CPU - are the stock fans good enough, or should I replace those too? And what orientation should I set it up at for this case? I was thinking push/pull as intake on the rear 120mm fan location, but that's a lot if intake and only 2 exhaust...

I'd also like to not break the bank getting fans if possible lol...

I could reuse the Xigmatek fans, but they are a couple of years old now, and would kind of like to get some new ones...color doesn't really matter, but LED wouldn't hurt to add some light inside the case...I will be modding a smaller window above the 2x 120 side fans to show off the cpu section, so some light would probably help..

I also have a 6 channel fan controller, undecided if I will use it again at this time...

Thanks!!
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I've heard pretty good reviews on the Bitfenix Specter Pros. Good performance to noise ratio, apparently. I'm also a big fan of Scythe Gentle Typhoons mostly because I can stick one behind a radiator as exhaust and still have it exhaust way more air than my current 140mms.
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I've heard pretty good reviews on the Bitfenix Specter Pros. Good performance to noise ratio, apparently. I'm also a big fan of Scythe Gentle Typhoons mostly because I can stick one behind a radiator as exhaust and still have it exhaust way more air than my current 140mms.

Should I just do 140's for the top and the H80 as intake, to increase exhaust? I heard the GT's are good, but hardly ever in stock, and usually like $18 a piece no? I'll check out the Specters too, thanks!
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Assuming your H80 is near your IO plate, I would have it exhaust air out in addition to the two 140mms you plan to have on the top of your case. Previously, I had my Antec 620 as intake (near the IO panel) and two140mm fans as exhaust, and what I found is that the two GPUs I had in SLI would also exhaust hot air from the back and cause the Antec 620 to just push the hot air back into the case. There was actually a 15c difference in temperatures after I corrected this.

I generally have my front fans as intake (and bottom fans if your case can support it), and my top fans and IO fan as exhaust. That way everything moves in one clean directon.
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Assuming your H80 is near your IO plate, I would have it exhaust air out in addition to the two 140mms you plan to have on the top of your case. Previously, I had my Antec 620 as intake (near the IO panel) and two140mm fans as exhaust, and what I found is that the two GPUs I had in SLI would also exhaust hot air from the back and cause the Antec 620 to just push the hot air back into the case. There was actually a 15c difference in temperatures after I corrected this.
I generally have my front fans as intake (and bottom fans if your case can support it), and my top fans and IO fan as exhaust. That way everything moves in one clean directon.

I had good results on my old CM 690 case flipping the fan on the rear to intake with my Spirit cooler in push/pull but bottom to top orientation, and my temps dropped about 7 degrees all around...but I have a single GPU, and it's actually in the lower second PCI-E slot, so that might have helped keep the hot air from the gpu...I'll have to play with both orientations and see...another option would be one of the top spots as exhaust too...but I don't think it would look as clean there...

Are the stock H80 fans good enough, or do those need to be replaced too? Anyone have any experience with it?
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Look at some Gelid fans. They are great, plus they come in different colours.
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I personally like the Coolermaster Turbine series.. also Aeroshark makes good fans too. over 80cfm and since they have 16 blades on each, they are quiet. Thats my 2 cents. This coming from a guy with 10 fans in his case... runs nice and cool.
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