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Hey guys,

Getting my final list put together for my purchase and now I'm at the part of choosing case fans and need some opinions/owners input between these Areocool fans

(120mm) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835129059

(140mm) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835129061

I'm going to be getting the NZXT Swith 810 so I dont know if that will have an affect on the decision, but thanks in advance for any input! smile.gif
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What exactly do you want, (low noise vs high airflow). How many fans are you looking for and what is your budget?
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Budget wise I'd like to stay at about $75 USD.

What I was thinking was getting 3 on top and 2 inside mounted on those swivel points for the Switch 810. I figure if I get myself some nice bright red glowing fans inside that could substitute for some lights on the inside and save some money there.

As far as low noise vs high flow, I would like a mixture of both. I currently have (2) 120mm cooler master intake fans in front and 1 on the side of my case with a 140 on top exhausting and the noise does not really bother me. Plus with the GPU that Im looking at (either 7950 or 7870), all of the reviews have noting that they dont really go above 70 C under load .
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Have you looked at silverstone case fans? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999344
They sure would match well with a switch 810 (white of course) and have the option to be slow quite fans or loud and high cfm. You would of course need a fan controller to make its practical though.
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guess nows a good time to mention that I'm going to be getting it in black color rolleyes.gif

Also, are Areocool fans bad? I'm trying to keep a nice red on black contrast color going
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post #7 of 87

Whoo. Aerocool Sharks are expensive, and noisy at 12v. They have 7v adapters that make them run quietly. I have a 140mm Shark as a front intake in my 5.25 bay.

 

In general I recommend you use a 140mm fan wherever it will fit.

 

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post #8 of 87

120mm fans sweep less than 75% of a 120x120mm window. 140mm fans sweep all of it.

 

Larger diameter fans push more air at fewer rpm's -- they are quieter.

 

Wherever you have a flat surface, put the largest diameter fan that will fit.

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post #9 of 87
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huh, thats good to know, good thing the switch 810 has lots of room for 140mms biggrin.gif

Also, how do you like your Areocool fans?And by loud....how loud are we talking? lol
Would you recommend them and do they do a good job at moving air?
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Look at item 4 of my sig. I think the 120mm Aerocool Shark is is chapter 5 and 6. IMO excrescences such as the ones on the Sharks (like the coxcombs on gimmick RAM) serve no purpose other than marketing. OTOH they are well built, come with handsome accessories and run very nicely undervolted.

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