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I just got a new case recently CM Storm Trooper which came with some included case fans
  • 2x 120mm red LED (front/side intake where the HDD cages are)
  • 1x 140mm rear exhaust
  • 1x 200mm top exhaust
  • 1x 120mm blue LED (leftover from old build)

I just got an Antec Kuhler 920 that came with two included 120mm for the push/pull and I have to currently mount this at the rear as with the rad and the two fans they are too fat to be mounted at the top of the case.

What I need to to replace the 120mm from the Kuhler as when they ramp up they sound like a jet engine in my case and are very loud (although they do push a significant amount of air at top speed of 2400rpm (110CFM as per Antec's specs)

What I am looking for is good options for replacing some fans:
  • 2x 120mm for the Kuhler
  • 2x 140mm (or 1x 200mm) for the top
  • 1x 120mm for bottom intake

Fan Requirements:
  • Good CFM/Low noise
  • Decently priced and available in Canada (my local store of choice is www.canadacomputers.com
  • Red LED is optional but preferred as the lighting scheme of my case is red.

Any suggestions, pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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I've used this a couple times, and it has proved to be quite helpful. I don't want to pick out a specific one for you, as I'm not sure about your preferences and the availability in Canada, so here's the thread.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1274407/fans-the-most-complete-and-comprehensive-array-of-tests-and-benchmarks
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2x 120mm for the Kuhler
2x 140mm (or 1x 200mm) for the top
1x 120mm for bottom intake

140mm Noctua NF-P14 FLX $15 is a steal for this if you can stand the reddish brown color , in store only http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8_130&item_id=032666
--> high static pressure but not 120mm

Be Quiet Silent Wings 2 140mm +120mm off NCIX.com ... expensive option (top/bottom) around $20-30 +shipping
--> 120mm can go on Kuhler & works better than Noctua when > 900RPM
120mm http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=80363&vpn=BL062&manufacture=be%20quiet!&promoid=1281
140mm http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=80364&vpn=BL063&manufacture=be%20quiet!

Cougar Vortex HDB 120mm 13 CAD (orange) http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69263&vpn=CFV12H&manufacture=Cougar&promoid=1449
--> for Kuhler, louder than Be Quiet

Cougar Vortex HDB 140mm 16CAD http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=69268&vpn=CFV14H&manufacture=Cougar&promoid=1449
--> Noctua is better for the money.

If you just want red fans you can go with the 140mm phanteks PH-F140TS for $20.

The red LED options on Canada computers include NZXT and coolermaster... not really inspiring. I'd recommend getting a lighting strip if you just want lights. I think the only Red LED fan with a Hydrodynamic or fluid dynamic bearing is the Silverstone AP121-L (http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=56046&vpn=AP121-RL&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology), as well as the Aerocool Shark (http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=81406&vpn=Shark%20120mm%20RED&manufacture=AeroCool , http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=81411&vpn=Shark%20140mm%20Red&manufacture=AeroCool) which Tater Tor and EHume have both said are loud.
Edited by AlphaC - 5/29/13 at 6:58pm
post #4 of 8
In my storm trooper I have 3x Noctua AF-14 FLX fans in the top/rear as exhaust and 4x Corsair SP-120 fans in the front/bottom as intake. It's all on a fan controller, but the airflow to noise ratio is very good. The Noctuas in particular are excellent, and I definitely recommend them.

I liked the Aerocool shark fans but had one die after a year of use and another starting to make rattling sounds... so I replaced them a month ago with the Noctuas. Used this to get the red lighting back and am very happy with it:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046Y1622/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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See? This is why I love this community. Very helpful answers very quickly. +rep to all
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Oh almost forgot... Thanks!
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For your radiator, the king of fans is still the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15. http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8_130&item_id=037605 They have some wolf tones at certain RPM's but if you run them at 12v they are fine, also you can use a fan controller to find the sweet spots without the wolf tones.

If you go to http://martinsliquidlab.org/category/fans/ who is a member here, he tests several fans on radiators. You can compare how each fan sounds at the same airflow numbers. Gentle Typhoons aren't cheap but their build quality shows; you get what you pay for. If you still think the AP-15's are too loud and you don't have a fan controller you can try to find some AP-14's. The new AP-45 2150RPM model is nice too but I would definitely recommend a fan controller for those.

I've got more experience with fans than I want to admit, I'm sorta obsessed with them. I'm trying to figure out what the good stores are in Canada so I can help you look for some good ones. Does the US version of Amazon ship to Canada?
Edited by Tyler Dalton - 5/30/13 at 12:43am
post #8 of 8
Get the AP 15's

They can be switched to just 5v without a hitch.. you could even have a series of 2 throw 3 pole switches to switch between the full 12v line and the 5v line and not need a fan controller at all.

As mentioned at $19 a piece they aren't cheap but it's cheaper than noctua and double the quality....not to mention the static pressure...
I love the AP-15 that much so I am getting another to replace my koolance hair dryers on the 240 rad..
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