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Best 120MM and CPU Air Cooler Fans (AU)

post #1 of 14
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So i'm from Australia and would like to purchase fans, my PC isn't overclocked.

I will be purchasing from this site

(120mm case fans) http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9_510&vk_sort=1
(CPU cooling) http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=207_23&vk_sort=1

Basically what should i get and is there a huge difference between "performance" and "noise" edition of fans?
post #2 of 14
And what a PC is that ? Don't you think it is important data ?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I edited my post but i didn't save gdammit.

Phantom 410
Asrock Pro3
i5 3470
660ti
GSkill Sniper 8GB

So very simple.
post #4 of 14
What do you want to archieve is the next question?

You dont need any additional fans per se, neither a CPU Cooler. If you want something better/more silent than stock, then either get the CM 212 Evo or the TX3 Evo.

If you want the best, i'd suggest:
a)
5x
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=23141&zenid=f5386504737633200f7d66cd487cb84a
b)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23&products_id=23012
or
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23&products_id=23259
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post #5 of 14
Arctic Cooling F12 series are good fans for $8.00-9.50 each.

I would normally suggest something like Thermalright True Spirit 120 but from your source Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is plenty of cooling for stock.. and for $35.00 it's not expensive.

"performance" and "noise" edition of fans are just words and mean very little without knowing exactly what fans you are referring to.

Here's a pretty good review of fans and performance where you can see noise and performance comparisons. Notice Arctic F12 PWM and Noctua NF-P12 PWM at 24dBA; F12 is 2c cooler.. and $19.50 cheaper.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/120mm_and_140mm_fan_comparison,19.html
post #6 of 14
@ doyll : it's blasphemy on the Noctua marketing tongue.gif

But hardware.fr seems to get the same result http://www.hardware.fr/articles/874-35/comparatif-63-ventilateurs-120mm-dc.html , http://www.hardware.fr/articles/867-23/graphique-recapitulatif.html




If I'm not mistaken EHume (he wrote the vortez piece) said that Noctuas were the only ones that don't click , though the first graph is for DC fans (voltage)
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post #7 of 14
I dont know, i had a few VGA coolers from arctic and was relatively happy with their 92mm fans they used on those.

But i had a few different F12 Samples over the last few years and they are crap soundquality wise. A slightly better Soundpressure Level doesnt matter to me... With Noctuas, especially the new ones you at least get smooth sound quality wich is one of the most important aspects in a silent fan.
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post #8 of 14
I know AlphaC and Elohim. Noctua is definitely a better fan but is it worth more than 3 times as much money?
I've had F12 PWM and TC fans and they were fine but I have not compared them to new Noctua.
post #9 of 14
It might also be a case of big production deviations with the F12 fans. Since a few of those i got were far from being "fine", thery were terrible lol

Anyway, if one is not particularly sensitive in regards to noise/sound quality of fans, then no spending more than the minimum is usually not worth the money...
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post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Alright so let's sum things up, what should i get guys? lol

I may upgrade and overclock in a years time considering the Intel Haswells and Nvidia 700 Series coming out and use this current budget system as a side PC for friends who often come over to LAN.
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