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Am I being whacky by feeling frustrated about brands. I just recently changed all my nzxt fans out for the corsair airflow and static pressure series throughout the case. However nzxt fans are still at the top , I have two 200 mm nzxt fans, which as far as i know are the only ones that fit. even if other fans could corsair doesn't have a 200mm fan. I'm bothered by the mix matching of the corsair fans and the nzxt ones. I could put the nzxt fans back in but then would be losing the static pressure performance i'm getting. Also I feel I should of gotten a h100i instead of a coolermaster seidon because now I have even more mixed brands. Do any of you ever mix and match that many brands and does it bother you? I understand this is more of a personal issue, I just am hoping to get some light on the reason this bothers me so much, and if anyone else out there feels this way.
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I mixed all Cooler Master fans with one Xigmatek in the upper exhaust, mainly because the Xigmatek is the only one that would fit between my cooler and the lid. See my HAF xB build below for an idea how that worked.

...also, had to mount it with zipties. Made me feel dirty.
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I use Scythe/Nidec Gentle Typhoons for my three 120mm fans. I use a TR TY-140 as a 140mm top intake, a Scythe Kaze Maru II / Slip Stream 140 as a 140mm side intake (in a 120x120mm window -- much better than a 120mm fan), and an AeroCool Shark 14cm at 7v as a front intake, mostly because it's LED's are pretty and at 7v it has perfect airflow and little noise.

 

So: Nidec, Thermalright, Scythe and AeroCool. So much for brand loyalty.

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I use Scythe/Nidec Gentle Typhoons for my three 120mm fans. I use a TR TY-140 as a 140mm top intake, a Scythe Kaze Maru II / Slip Stream 140 as a 140mm side intake (in a 120x120mm window -- much better than a 120mm fan), and an AeroCool Shark 14cm at 7v as a front intake, mostly because it's LED's are pretty and at 7v it has perfect airflow and little noise.

So: Nidec, Thermalright, Scythe and AeroCool. So much for brand loyalty.

I have a Kaze Maru II as well and it is my favorite fan by a longshot, just if you pick scythe, avoid Ultra Kazes

But Yeah, I run either Scythe, NZXT or Cougar
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One case has Noctua & Antec Tri-Cool on case with Zaward on CPU, another has Thermalright & Akasaon case with Phanteks on CPU, and my personal has Thermalright on case & CPU with Scythe on GPU.
post #6 of 30
It should only bother you if you have OCD and a windowed case.

If you have a windowed case and get white bladed fans (gelid silent, nzxt, fractal, etc) and then black (corsair and just about every nonLED fan) grey bladed (gentle typhoon) you'd still be monochrome. No luck with Noctua though unless you go with a brown/red theme (Asus ROG?).
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Am I being whacky by feeling frustrated about brands. I just recently changed all my nzxt fans out for the corsair airflow and static pressure series throughout the case. However nzxt fans are still at the top , I have two 200 mm nzxt fans, which as far as i know are the only ones that fit. even if other fans could corsair doesn't have a 200mm fan. I'm bothered by the mix matching of the corsair fans and the nzxt ones. I could put the nzxt fans back in but then would be losing the static pressure performance i'm getting. Also I feel I should of gotten a h100i instead of a coolermaster seidon because now I have even more mixed brands. Do any of you ever mix and match that many brands and does it bother you? I understand this is more of a personal issue, I just am hoping to get some light on the reason this bothers me so much, and if anyone else out there feels this way.

If you get bothered by mix-matching brands, I guess you also value aesthetic a lot. I am on the same boat and I try to balance price/performance/aesthetics (pretty hard since I have limited budget). Right now I only use 120mm/140mm Corsair fans for intake/exhaust and only Gentle Typhoons for heatsink/rads. In your case, if the 200 mm nzxt fans are not very visible, I say let them be. But if you are really bothered, it might be better to change back the other fans to nzxt or...change your case to accommodate all Corsair fans lol.
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Mixing brands bothers you? Curious, personally I could care less about that. How can you avoid that in building a PC?

I imagine most of the motivation for staying within one brand for a case and fans, is the manufacture should know what works best, and the components are optimized for the specific situation. That is logical, but assumes that each fan included with the case was designed specifically for the case, which is not a given. The goal or purpose of a PC case design has a large influence on the fans, is it a case for maximum component cooling, or for minimum noise. All fans trade the amount of air moved vs noise, since the perfect fan (silent, with high CFM and static pressure) does not exist.

I have an NZXT Phantom case, and its NZXT 200mm fans (two max speed versions available) are designed specifically for it. Fortunately, those fans perform well in both noise and cooling (when their speed is controlled) so they stay in the case.

I also have a Corsair 500R case, that has a different 200mm fan. IMO, that fan is terrible, worthless in its application. That fan was replaced with one of the new 140mm Corsair fans, which is far superior. The other Corsair fans that came with the case are quiet but not great for cooling, so they are gone.

The point of all this is, whatever works better to achieve a goal is what I use. I change the fans in a new case over and over until I come closest to my goal. That might be all, some, or none of the original fans in the case, plus possibly additional fans. The Phantom case has three of the four original fans removed, with another NZXT fan added, and two other different make fans. The 500R has all of its original fans removed, and has four different makes of fans now.

All of the PCs I've built are a combination of parts from different manufactures, which IMO is just what works the best for me. I'm blind to a brand's name, focused only on the result.
post #9 of 30
I mixed Delta, Denki, PAPST, and Adda inside my Cooler Master Case and never feel guilty biggrin.gif

and even when you stick to a single brand for your case fans, your PSU fan might differ by itself, me think tongue.gif
post #10 of 30
i'm loyal to whatever brand that fits the CFM, static pressure, and decibel level requirements i have for the location i mount that fan for biggrin.gif

otherwise, i'm loyal to whatever brand that actually makes the size that would fit in that location biggrin.gif
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