Originally Posted by Fallacy
cant decide what fans to get for this case. Two 140mm can fit up front and also 2 140mm can go up top right? And the back can only fit a 120mm? I'm not sure whether to go leds or not. I kind of want to just go with a bunch of af140's..also, theres no fan controller. Not sure what to do about that. I have a red theme going on, do you guys think white led fans would look cool? or just black blades?
First post, what an informative and inspiring thread. I ordered the 350D and power supply last week and someone stole them both off my porch after they were delivered by UPS! Not sure why UPS left marked electronics boxes (I gather they are marked from other pictures in this thread) in plain view of the street. So basically that means that I will have to wait at least another week to get my build started. It is a bummer not having the physical case for reference, especially for fan selection.
Anyways, so I am also having trouble deciding on which fans to buy for this build. I am considering getting the new Corsair 4 pin PWM fans for the H100i I plan to put in the roof, but I don't know if it's worth the extra $$$ to do all PWM case fans as well. This is my first build (been a laptop owner for years) so will I benefit from being able to control all of the intake and exhaust fans, or is it better to stick to fixed (performance or quiet) rpm? I figured that would be an alternative to installing a fan controller. I just ordered an Asus Gryphon z87 and it has almost entirely 4 pin fan connectors, and Thermal Radar software. I am considering 2 Corsair SP120 PWM high performance for the H100i, 2 140mm Noctua NF-A14 PWMs for the front, and a single 120mm Noctua NF-S12A PWM for the rear. It really is a shame that at the moment Corsair only offers the SP120s in PWM, I definitely prefer their custom color scheme over the Noctuas.
That leads me to another question for any H100i owners. Can the fans attached to the H100i be connected to the MB CPU fan header instead of the pump unit? I would rather control all fans from BIOS or through Thermal Radar if possible and forgo the Corsair Link software. So basically is my plan to control all of the fans through a single and simple interface a good idea, or would it be a wasted effort? My philosophy is to simplify airflow monitoring by not relying on third party software and instead do it in either BIOS (or thermal radar/fan expert).