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Well, in an attempt to overclock more i put in some better cooling. I started off getting a new cpu cooler, which dropped the temps (not by that much though), however after reading about the terrible airflow in my case (Wavemaster!) i decided to fix it with the help of some more fans, so currently i have:
2x OEM CoolerMaster Front 80 Mm intake fans
1x 92 mm Generic intake front fan, sucking through the drivebay and sounding rubbish!

1x OEM CoolerMaster Back 80 mm exhaust fan (mounted properly)
1x Generic 80 mm fan, hung over the pci slots, drawing air past the graphics card

The oem one's came with my case, the ghetto fans are one's i've found, so i'm thinking of replacing it with 2 quiet, but good, intake fans (must be 80 mm due to the fan brackets), and one quiet good 80 mm at the back, but i don't know if the fan's im looking at (Zalman ZM-F1 80 mm, and a "Artic Cooling Silent Case Fan") However i read you want more intake pressure than exhaust, but surely isn't having double the intake pressure a little excessive? i only have one fan mount, should i try to get a better fan for the back, at the expense of noise? Or will the fan on my PSU even things out (tis a Hiper 580W PSU - don't think it's a Type-R, and it's def not Modular!)?

Lastly - the fan on my CPU cooler (A CoolerMaster Hyper 48) isn't amazing, it seems the HSF is mainly a good heatsink with a mediocre fan attatched, would adding a Vantec Tornado (92 mm, because that's what the current fan is) be a good idea? or should i get a 120 mm fan and get an adaptor?

The main problem with my PC, is the noise!

(Oh, and sorry for being such a noob and asking so many questions in so many threads - luck never goes my way!)
post #2 of 9
tornados are loud, arnt they?
i use akasa amber fans only, very very quiet.
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aparently so, but i don't know - thus i asked!

Noise 56.4 dbA

(From an eBay listing from a Tornado)

See your point!
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right, the two case fans i mentioned, here are the specs:

Artic cooling:
2000 RPM
28 CFM
20 db

Zalman (Has a "quiet" mode, which drops the voltage - not sure how to enable it easy, so i'll put the thingies in brackets!)
3000 (1700) RPM
34.2 (20) db
36.5 (20.6) db

It seems that if these claimed are to be believed then the Zalman moves less air than the Artic cooling in its Quiet mode, while making the same amount of noise, is it worth the extra CFM putting it in noisy mode? how loud IS 36.5 db? Do those special fan mounts do anything?
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ah - now i find out the "standard" fans in my case are:
2100 RPM
26 CFM
23 db

So it seems their not that then, might not actually upgrade them, just get rid of the two rubbish ones and see if my temps rise that much
post #6 of 9
I second the Arctic Cooling fans with the fluid dymanic bearing.
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post #7 of 9
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right then - im thinking of getting...

Rubber screwy things that reduce noise or this fan vibration dampener, which one works better?

i found this fan, which makes some great claims (29 cfm, 19 db) - does it live up to it? if so i might use that at the back... other wise i'll use this (the Arctic cooling one (28 cfm, 20 db), but the other one sounds a bit better

For the cpu, it's the same choice as the case, only in their 92 mm variants, the noiseblocker claims better (37.6 cfm, 22 db), while the Arctic cooling one seems to offer almost as good performance (34.8 cmf, 23.5 db) from a name i've heard off

EDIT - Google says those claims from "NoiseBlocker" are optimistic - i think i'll get the 92 mm Arctic, not sure if its worth the case fans or the screws/dampeners
post #8 of 9
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this is a bump disguised as a question - what's better to go on my Hyper CPU cooler, the Arctic cooling 92 mm fan, 35 cfm, 23.5 db, or a Vantec Tornado on half speed, the Vantec will move alot of air, but kill my ears, thus the half speed!
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oh dear - i bought the Arctic Cooling fan. Unfortuantely its size is... non-standard, and im not sure if it will fit - watch this space!
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