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Hello! It's been quite some time since I posted here, for whatever reason.

I bought this XClio WindTunnel case (the ATX full tower version, not the super tower version), according to Newegg, exactly one year ago today. Or maybe that's when it arrived. In any case, the computer has been set up and running for just about a year. The big selling point of this case was the two giant 250mm side fans built into the case. I run BOINC and was putting a Radeon HD 6950 in this build, so I definitely needed the airflow. The one thing that bothered me was that turning off the LEDs also turned off the fans...

A few months ago, one of the side fans simply stopped working. The LEDs worked, but the fan just would not spin. I chalked it up to the sleeve bearings biting the dust and just ran the machine with that fan turned off, as the one blowing right onto the GPU was still working fine. Temperatures didn't change overall, so I just kinda shrugged and moved on. But just a couple days ago, the other fan stopped working as well. So now the computer is useless because it will overheat easily without those fans.

I looked up reviews of the case again, just like I did before I bought it, and noticed a lot of people saying the fans failed. Some had them fail after only a few months, others about a year, and some more.

The logical next step is to begin researching 250mm replacement fans. I'm certainly not buying them from XClio, especially since the fans say quite plainly on their stickers "Amazing Fan." Well I'm not exactly amazed, just disappointed, and now a bit frustrated because finding 250mm fans is proving a bit harder than I thought.

That, and I have never had to modify or replace a case component in any way, and I'm worried about getting something that doesn't fit or doesn't fit correctly. The best part is that XClio and everybody who reviewed the case calls them "250mm fans," but when I decided to double-check and be sure, I found two diameters...the fan blades and the fan assembly. The ruler is using centimetres, so add a zero - the blades measure 220mm whilst the whole assembly (meaning the blades plus the little tabs with screw holes) measures 250mm corner-to-corner diagonally.

I'm confused...I thought that normally when people say something like "250mm fan" they mean "the fan is 250mm in diameter," but is that actually referring to the whole fan casing as well?

I haven't been able to find even as many 220mm fans as 250mm fans, and that's my other problem, because the ones I have found are poorly described and don't seem to have any kind of user reviews or anything.

I figured someone here would have an idea of where to point me for decent 250mm fans! It's a standard 2/4 molex connector and 2-pin power, but I can go without a power switch on my fans as I have no reason to turn them off anyway.

Thanks for any advice you can offer!
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post #2 of 11
Since this is a 2 day old post and no reply's meaning my response can't be all that bad biggrin.gif

I would recommend Frozencpu.com they are a great site for finding any types of fans you need.
Are there any Spec sheets telling the exact size of the fans?
Edited by RussianC - 3/29/13 at 12:17am
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No spec sheets, really. All the case documentation says "250mm fans" but as I said, I have no idea to what that is referring...could be the fan assembly or just the fan blades...

I've looked at that site! They seem to be my best bet, although I'm hesitant to spend almost US $70 or so until I'm absolutely positive it will fit. I guess the worst-case scenario is physically modifying my case, which I'm not unwilling to do, but I'd rather avoid making it such an ordeal! tongue.gif

Yes, thanks for the reply. I was a bit surprised people didn't answer. I figured people use big fans a lot because the higher-end cases tend to be huge enough to accommodate them!
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Try here.

 

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I second FrozenCPU.com and Performance-PC.com. They have a lot of the out-of-the-way items a modder is looking for.
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http://www.amazon.com/250mm-Silent-Jumbo-Case-Blue/dp/B0014XDBKI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364674959&sr=8-1&keywords=250mm+case+fan

I do have a 250mm laying around I can see if I can find it and I can give it to you. The only thing you would have to pay for is shipping. thumb.gif
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Trust in Performance PCS. They are fast and accurate and most of the time the deals are good thumb.gif
post #9 of 11
I would rather try to install 2x120mm fans if i could (Actually 250mm hole-to-hole length means you can install 4x120 fans)
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post #10 of 11
I would recommend taking measurements for sure. I know that my 230mm fan is a 200 mm and they measure from screw holes, not the actual fan size.
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