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I'm done dealing with the noise that I have and I need complete silence. Summer is almost here, so I just need basically any solution that matches my criteria...

  • Semi-Inaudible or Inaudible
  • Below 25$ used or new
  • 120mm(preferred)/140mm
  • 60 CFM+
  • NO LEDS!
  • NO FUGLY COLORS!
  • No whine

I'm currently using a pair of Delta 3200 RPMs and Sankyo Denki on my Noctua NH-D14.

My NZXT SWITCH 810 is huge enough to accommodate lots of fans so the width of the fans doesn't matter to me.
post #2 of 56
Cougar Vortex, 120mm, or 140mm. Get the black ones, not the orange ones. I used them on my CM hyper 212. Loved them. Currently use a 140 as an intake fan. HArdly noticable at low rpms.
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post #3 of 56
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Cougar Vortex, 120mm, or 140mm. Get the black ones, not the orange ones. I used them on my CM hyper 212. Loved them. Currently use a 140 as an intake fan. HArdly noticable at low rpms.

Those look pretty nice, I think I'll be considering those unless someone else chimes in smile.gif
post #4 of 56
Bitfenix Spectre Pros seem pretty quiet. There's also the Noiseblocker Black Silent Pros which are pretty nice
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post #5 of 56
I replaced Bitfenix with Noctua ULN fans. I cannot hear them at all. With the ULN pigtail on they are rated below the level of human hearing...and they are. Only $20 and they still push decent air. A bit less but I have a push/pull airflow going thru my case so nothing can build up. I actually sent them an email thanking them for making them.
post #6 of 56
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Originally Posted by vlamnire View Post

Bitfenix Spectre Pros seem pretty quiet. There's also the Noiseblocker Black Silent Pros which are pretty nice

Spectre Pros are terrible fans. I had some and they were loud and poor performers. Tator Tot will tell you the same thing, as will Cyclop's fan review thread, as will this Tom's Hardware forum fan roundup. I would not recommend them to anyone looking for a quiet build.

Noctuas are solid, as are Shadow Wings 2, Thermalright TY-140/TY-141/TY-147, Gelid Silent 12 and 14, and a bunch of others. The Cougars recommended here are usually good, but some develop issues when horizontal.
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gentle typhoon 1850 rpm+

readily available @ frozencpu
Edited by srsparky32 - 4/4/13 at 12:07am
 
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post #8 of 56
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Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post

gentle typhoon 1850 rpm+

readily available @ frozencpu

Some people have issues with those fans. They emit noise at a frequency that drives me mad. If you're not one of the ones that are bothered by it, they're great fans.
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Some people have issues with those fans. They emit noise at a frequency that drives me mad. If you're not one of the ones that are bothered by it, they're great fans.

i dont mind them. i wear headphones though, so i never hear my fans. honestly if you want good fans then total silence just wont happen imo.

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post #10 of 56
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Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post

honestly if you want good fans then total silence just wont happen imo.

Nothing to do with quality, but a lot to do with airflow.

Yes, some fans will make more or less noise at a particular airflow than other fans, due to their blade design (which also affects static pressure, and makes some fans better for heatsinks/rads while others better for cases) and diameter, but the fact remains that for a given size/design, more airflow = more noise.

You want less noise? Use less airflow and either make your hardware produce less heat (more efficient parts, or reducing overclock) or accept higher temperatures.
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