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Well, I was set on buying some NF-A14 fans, but then I realized maybe I could get fans just as good for a lower price.

Can anyone recommend me some good case fans? I would like them to be near silent, one thing I liked about the Noctua's. Any color, do not care about LEDs, price should be under $20.
post #2 of 12
If I was going to buy some right now, I would go for these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553007




EDIT: Love your avatar. That movie is badass. thumb.gif
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Well, I was set on buying some NF-A14 fans, but then I realized maybe I could get fans just as good for a lower price.

Can anyone recommend me some good case fans? I would like them to be near silent, one thing I liked about the Noctua's. Any color, do not care about LEDs, price should be under $20.

I think your first choice of the Noctuas is best.
I run 2 of the 140mm and 2 of their 120mm and my system is cool and quiet.
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I would say go with the new Swiftech Helix fans, in terms of noise to CFM performance they are the closest to the GT-AP15 (in the 120mm category). They're 140mm fans are pretty much the same design, same type of bearing so it should be good. A second choice would be the Phanteks PH-140TS, based on a test conducted by Cyclops (one of our own members), it's the best at push / pull; Push and Pull on average for Noise to CFM.

The Helix 140mm fans cost about half ($10.95) as the GT's and definitely cheaper and better looking than the Noctua's!.

Here's the link: Helix 140 BW fan

Here's a great reference point for the Phanteks fan testing made by Cyclops as I mentioned previously:

fans-the-most-complete-and-comprehensive-array-of-tests-and-benchmarks

EDIT: If I'm not mistaken the Helix are the same fans they use in the Kraken X40 and X60! Release the KRAKEN!
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Thank you guys for replying.

I should have mentioned that I need a square frame as I am fitting these on a Midi.

I've looked at those Swiftech ones before but didn't find any reviews on them.

And I'm actually thinking about sticking with the Noctua's.. the color is no problem but the price is still steep so I might just wait until they drop.

Does anyone have the NF-A14 FLX or ULN? Maybe tell me how you like them.

And thank you on the compliment. It is a very good movie!
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The Swiftech Helix 140mm will be the best "quiet" fan you can get, and for the price of one Noctua you get two Helixes. I normally recommend the Bgears Blasters140mmfans, as they are simply incredible, but they are not "quiet" unless you have a fan controller.

However, if price is notan issue , then Noiseblocker fans are the creme-de-la-creme of the "strong silent type" fans.
   
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I buy my Noctuas from Amazon as they are about 5 too 7 bucks cheaper then NewEgg
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Gete a fan that has decent static pressure. Case fans have to overcome vents, filters, HDD cages, etc... similar resistance to coolers. If you get the normal "case" fan the resistance will mean it won't do the job at all or you have to run it faster (louder) to get it to move enough air to cool properly. If you go PWM you can get a PWM splitter that is powered by PSU with a molex and have them run same rpms as your cooler.. slow and quiet when not working and fast when CPU is working and need the added air. Remember, case fans and need to move more air than cooler fans do.. and your rear exhaust need to move as much or more air than you cooler exhaust or the heated exhaust air is mixing with your cool intake air making the air going into cooler hotter..

Two of the best fans right now are Thermalright TY-140 series fans and Scythe Kaze Maru 2 / Slip Stream 140 PWM
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/120mm_and_140mm_fan_comparison,22.html

And check out Cyclop's and Tator Tot's fan test threads here.
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I actually drilled out my hard drive cage so I'll get more airflow and clean up space, so only the front panel mesh should interrupt anything. And is there a problem if I don't have any exhaust fans? My current setup will be two front intake and my D14 exhausting air out the rear naturally.

TY-140 would have been my first choice, but I have no clue on how to mount them in the Midi without modding.
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I run 3 Aerocool sharks in my case on silent and they cool quite well. You can see them in my sig rig photos.

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