I'm trying to avoid high rpm fans tbh. They're not really needed for my uses. Absolute silence isn't required, though I do have a certain threshold that won't be crossed for the sake of slightly
I've got past my pwm 'blonde moment' and have had a little look into airflow. Now I'm probably going to shoot for a Zalman flex cooler (because it's only £27 and I uh, like the way it looks
) paired with a couple of Thermalright TY-141's. Yes, there are slightly better coolers around, but I can't really justify the extra cost for the sake of a few irrelevant degrees of difference.
I'll also be putting two more TY-141's on the front intakes, and for budget reasons (£4.39 each!) I'll be using 3 Arctic F12 PWM (not pro's) at the Rear exhaust / Front top intake / Bottom intake. The Arctics are certainly not the greatest, but they really aren't bad at all - especially for the price. The standard versions also put out a little more air than the Pro's and are way more versatile with mounting options due to having normal frames. They can always be upgraded later on.
Anyway, that's the initial plan, but I'll be experimenting with fan positions + positive/negative/neutral pressure etc, so stay tuned!
PS, if anyone has any alternative fan recommendations, I'm all ears until monday night
PPS, I've seen conflicting info regarding having a rear exhaust fan when using a push/pull cpu cooler. I don't know why you wouldn't, so perhaps someone can enlighten me?Edited by Speshy - 7/28/12 at 11:11pm