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On a second note can you fit 38MM thick fans on the the front and top of the 540?

Yes, the top no prob. The front no prob if it's on the inside of the chassis, outside the chassis @ front in place of the filter would require 25mm fans.
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I've been mulling over performing a transplant from my blue Laboy Air into a Air 540 with a red theme. The following is a list of parts that I would like to get any of your opinions on.

What will be transplanted into the Air 540 (black)

1) i7 2600K CPU
2) ASRock Z68 Pro Gen 3 Fatal1ty Mobo (red)
3) Mushkin Redline 16gb (red)
4) Radeon 7970
5) Corsair H70
6) Seasonic 750X
7) Samsung DVD Burner (black)
8) Two SSDs and one regular hard drive

What will be purchased for the Air 540 (black)

1) Red SilencX Effizio 120mm Fan for the H70 Rad in push/pull config (2 in total)
2) Silverstone AP121 in silver with red LEDs (3 for intake and 2 for the top)
3) NZXT Hue
4) NZXT Sleeved Red Cables (24 pin, 8 pin, 6+2pin x 2, ect)

I would really like any thoughts on this!!! Thanks!

Looks good, but I would consider doing some more research on the fan choices. I'm not sure if those fans will yield the results you want.

You want fans with a high static pressure for your H70 and those SilencX fans have none from what I saw on their spec sheets.

I've heard good and bad about the AP121, but I've never seen anything that properly compares them with fans I'm familiar with enough to know how well they perform compared to what the manufacturer says they can do. Maybe someone else here can chime in with some more information on the AP121?

Something like the Gentle Typhoon AP-15, Noiseblocker e-loop B12-3, or the Corsair SP120 would be a good fan for both your H70 and the front intakes. The AP-15 is getting to be very difficult to find in stock anywhere though. They were produced through a partnership between Scythe and Nidek, and they announced back in September that the agreement had been dissolved and there won't be anymore Gentle Typhoons. Noiseblockers are some of the best fans on the market, but they're expensive. The Corsair fans aren't the best at any single category, but they are still a good fan. Most people choose the SP120 over other static pressure rated fans for the aesthetics more than anything else. Most static pressure fans tend to be fairly plain and drab looking, while the SP120 offers a colored trim ring. It's obviously been a good marketing strategy because most of the people in this group have between 4 and 8 of them installed. I have 7 Corsair SP120 Performance Editions in my case currently, and 4 more sitting on a shelf in my closet as spares.
     
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Yes, the top no prob. The front no prob if it's on the inside of the chassis, outside the chassis @ front in place of the filter would require 25mm fans.

So your just saying that I would have to move the fans inside the case on the front instead of putting them in the front grille sandwich area where they are intended? Any issues with doing this?
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1407697/interesting-choice-2-x-140mm-vs-3-x-120mm-intake-fans

This was a thread that helped me a lot with my intake fan decision.

I don't personally feel that you'll get enough from the AP-15's compared to similarly priced brands out there. For example, the Corsair SP120's. You can get them PMW and control them with hardware/speedfan/bios and you'll be just fine. They are rather loud...I don't mind noise one bit as I'm usually piping sound through external speakers with games/music and on skype through a headset with friends. I could still very easily hear them. The other option is the non-PMW versions that come with a voltage step-down adapter. They step the fans down to 7v and thus cut the noise just like you would with the PMW fans.

I would even use them on my radiator if it didn't require 140's. I ended up going with bgears for that. Even with the bgears running at full I can't hear the tuned-down SP120's over them and I still get a massive amount of airflow!

For me I chose the SP120's for 3 reasons:

1. They have amazing performance
2. They keep my rig more towards Corsair
3. Newegg carried them, but discontinued the gentle typhoons.

I had a newegg giftcard and the gentle typhoons were the only ones I was seeing as competition between performance/aesthetics.
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So your just saying that I would have to move the fans inside the case on the front instead of putting them in the front grille sandwich area where they are intended? Any issues with doing this?

Considering the stock fans come mounted inside, I think that is where they were intended to mount. Most seem to be mounting them on the outside only if they have a radiator mounted on the inside, but you lose the dust filter in doing so. This is also as the corsair rep had stated.
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The static pressure on the air penetrators is only around 1.7 but you can find 3+ on similarly priced fans. I believe corsair makes sp120's with red LEDs. They are loud but if you get the pmw fans you can control them. The non-pmw come with a voltage step down adapter that makes them quieter.

You also might want to check the 290 series of cards if you haven't already.

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Yeah - I guess I will have to do some serious digging and see what fans can meet my criteria of being effective at both cooling and looking good.

 

Right now, I think it's best I secure the 540 from Corsair's website because with that promo code I get it $104 shipped.

 

As much as I would love the 290 series of GPU's, I will most likely opt for the next generation.

 

Thanks!

    
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....Most people choose the SP120 over other static pressure rated fans for the aesthetics more than anything else. Most static pressure fans tend to be fairly plain and drab looking, while the SP120 offers a colored trim ring. It's obviously been a good marketing strategy because most of the people in this group have between 4 and 8 of them installed. I have 7 Corsair SP120 Performance Editions in my case currently, and 4 more sitting on a shelf in my closet as spares.

I've got ten SP120 PWM QE, four SP120 PE versions, and four SP120L's from my old H100. I've just placed an order to replace them, can't get rid of the low RPM motor buzz, doesn't matter if they're push, pull, horizontal, vertical, on a controller, on the mobo, or running direct off the PSU, they just make annoying buzzy/grindy noises at anything below 1000 RPM, and they're really bad in the 600-800 RPM range, which is where I would like to operate them whenever I'm not gaming.

I reckon I'm the exception to the rule, or have a lower tolerance for the sort of noises they're making. They do look good, and perform well enough.

Anyway, taking my chances with some Phobya/Noiseblocker E-Loop 1600 RPM fans (which also have some nice red bling that suits my build, and cost about the same as the SP120's here in Europe).
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I've got ten SP120 PWM QE, four SP120 PE versions, and four SP120L's from my old H100. I've just placed an order to replace them, can't get rid of the low RPM motor buzz, doesn't matter if they're push, pull, horizontal, vertical, on a controller, on the mobo, or running direct off the PSU, they just make annoying buzzy/grindy noises at anything below 1000 RPM, and they're really bad in the 600-800 RPM range, which is where I would like to operate them whenever I'm not gaming.

I reckon I'm the exception to the rule, or have a lower tolerance for the sort of noises they're making. They do look good, and perform well enough.

Anyway, taking my chances with some Phobya/Noiseblocker E-Loop 1600 RPM fans (which also have some nice red bling that suits my build, and cost about the same as the SP120's here in Europe).

That may be an issue they have resolved now. I have 3 PE fans and I haven't noticed that particular issue myself. I noticed my seagate HDD makes a whine similar to the mosquito tone, so I figured I'd hear a buzzy/grindy noise! I DID experience that with the stock fans on my H110 extreme, which is why they now have bgears on them.
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That may be an issue they have resolved now. I have 3 PE fans and I haven't noticed that particular issue myself. I noticed my seagate HDD makes a whine similar to the mosquito tone, so I figured I'd hear a buzzy/grindy noise! I DID experience that with the stock fans on my H110 extreme, which is why they now have bgears on them.

Same. The SP120L fans are ridiculously loud compared to my SP120 PE PWN's. I have 1 SP120L on the back of my H80i and always keep it at less than 1000 rpm. Noise doesnt bother me so much because I worked on helicopters on an active runway for 4 years plus flew in C17's a lot.
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So your just saying that I would have to move the fans inside the case on the front instead of putting them in the front grille sandwich area where they are intended? Any issues with doing this?

I've run fans both behind the grill directly, and inside the chassis, the only difference I saw was since the fans mounted inside the chassis had more free space in front of them they tended to run quieter.
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I've run fans both behind the grill directly, and inside the chassis, the only difference I saw was since the fans mounted inside the chassis had more free space in front of them they tended to run quieter.
by putting the fans in the front grill means you have to remove the front filter right? or the front filter still going to fit inside the front grill?
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