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post #1 of 13
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Hey OCN

I just got a Fractal Design Arc Mid Tower and im really stuck on what i should do about cooling. Im from Australia so my choices are pretty limited and i can really only get the fans available on https://www.pccasegear.com/ and I have a h100 for the cpu already which i wanna do a push/pull config.

I was looking at getting
GELID Wing 12 120mm Blue Multipack for the push/pull
GELID Wing 14 140mm UV Blue Fan x5 to replace current case fans and fill extra spots.
and painting these white to match the case. but this comes at a cost of around $180 without the paint mod which seems alot for fans.

or i was looking at
Fractal Design Silent Series 140mm Fan x2
Fractal Design Silent Series 120mm Fan x4
and use the 3 fans the case came with. This would cost around $80 but i can not find the specs on the fans the case came with and the fractal fans are half the CFM of the GELID would they even provide enough cooling for my case and rad?

So can i get some help on my choices or maybe some recommendations from PCG which i linked. I would like the case to be silent as possible while providing enough cooling for a slight overclocking on a 3770k which i have also ordered. The pc needs to be on 24/7 and look as nice as possible hence the slight paint mod if need be. While not costing an arm and a leg if possible as its for a LAN party main center piece showing what u can do with air cooling and there is another pc with watercooling both on a budget.
post #2 of 13
Here's a link to the Fractal Design Case Club

http://www.overclock.net/t/838683/fractal-design-case-club

I'm sure someone there can help you out since several of us have the Arc Midi thumb.gif
post #3 of 13
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Thanks Airrick10 i was gonna post there but since it was about air cooling posted here first seemed the right thing to do.
post #4 of 13
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Thanks Airrick10 i was gonna post there but since it was about air cooling posted here first seemed the right thing to do.

No problem Brentus! I hope someone can help you out biggrin.gif
post #5 of 13
The Gelid Wings are excellent fans, if you've ever seen reviews of the Phobya fans they are basically the same fans. If I'm not mistaken, Phobya is basically Gelid in Europe or at least some of their products are licensed to Phobya for the EU area.

I bought the multi pack here in Asia and they are really quiet, I have them in push / pull running at 1200 rpm and they perform as well as (temps wise) my old CM fans (1800 rpm fans) with less noise.

The gelid fans are silent, has good static pressure and have removable fans for easy cleaning. Here's a link to the Gelid website with reviews in it. You may need to use a translator for some of the reviews but aside from that you should be good.

http://www.gelidsolutions.com/products/index.php?lid=1&cid=2&id=35&tab=4

For the fractal design I believe they use the standard 120mm silent series for that particular case.

http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=4&prod=18

Between the two I would choose the Gelid. But if you plan on painting them white I would rather buy this:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=19502

It's not white but gray and would at least look good in your case and is probably one of the best fans out there.

I'd rank them as GT > Gelid > fractal fans

These are good as well in terms of noise to performance ratio:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=17040
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 5/1/12 at 12:46am
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post #6 of 13
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thanks mark_thaddeus

i was looking at the GT's read alot of great reviews here about them but i was trying to get matching 120mm and 140mm fans the same goes for the Enermax. i ranked them GT>Enermax>Geild>fractal myself but i can not get the gts or enermax in the 140mms. i wish i had a better range i could buy. so are the Geild worth the $100 extra over the fractal? i guess that's the big question now.

also wanted to point out that i wanted to try get sleeved fans if i could since there already so much sleeving to be done with the rest of the case
Edited by Brentus - 5/1/12 at 1:24am
post #7 of 13
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how are the bitfenix spectre? they have a nice look and u can get white/blue/red LED ones they seem better then the fractal and would be alot cheaper then the Geild.
post #8 of 13
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how are the bitfenix spectre? they have a nice look and u can get white/blue/red LED ones they seem better then the fractal and would be alot cheaper then the Geild.

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2614/393-8092120140mm-case-fans-reviewed

The Spectre's push a bit less air but they have an EXCELLENT flow/noise ratio. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 13
If you are running them off of a fan controller (and I highly suggest you do), I would get some High RPM fans. Putting a 600 RPM fan on a fan controller is pointless.

For your 5 you want to replace. (1300rpm): http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_598&products_id=15733

For Push/Pull on cooler: (1900rpm): http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=6170

I mean, If you are going to have complete control over RPM, get the fans with the biggest spread in RPM. (A 600 RPM fan spins 600 RPM with 12V).
Edited by Ramsey77 - 5/1/12 at 6:21am
 
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post #10 of 13
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thanks ramsey77

the 5 140mm fans will be running off a NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller and the 4 120mm rad fans will be plugged into the h100. It does make sense what you are saying to get the higher RPM fans and what you linked is the same price but alot better then the Geilds but the scythe fans are not sleeved are they? in the reviews i looked at they are the horrid colored wires.

and thanks adridu59 for the website its helping alot.
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