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All right I want to upgrade all my fans to the same models and get rid of the stupid LED ones (loud and ****, they were out of stock of the fans i wanted and these were cheap).
I want the computer to be a little bit quite but my main concern is gaming in 40c days and not having enough cooling.
I want to get the Cosair quiet series fans but I'm not sure whether to or go the performance series.

Thoughts or suggestions?

I've attached a diagram of what I'm planning and to make it easier to explain.

Green= SP120

Red= AF120

I wanna add another fan to the front grill the red box with the "?" cause I'll have a spare if I buy dual packs

Blue is another HDD that i've added since the photo so I'm concered that a AF in front maybe too blocked and a SP would be better suited

Also the PSU intake is inside the case.

I was planning on buying 2 AF dual packs and 1 SP dual pack or should I just go SP120s all round case i want to water cool later?

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I have both the SPs and the AFs in a build (Workstation in my sig)... and the SPs can get very loud, if you don't have a way to control the speed. The AFs are not bad even maxed out, but they are not silent.

I found that motherboard control didn't give me what I wanted with those fans... so I went with a controller. The SPs give a very slight (barely noticeable) clicking when used with the controller... but I can't hear it unless I put my ear right next to the fan.

Definitely want SPs on your heatsinks and any rads you have (good static pressure)... AFs are fine elsewhere as long as the CFM will give you the airflow you want.

They are great fans... within those limitations! I do highly recommend a controller... it will allow you to crank them when you need the cooling, and quiet them down for other times.

I have some extras (both unopened / opened) that I can throw up on the classifieds if you are interested (I bought more than I needed, lol!). Save you some money that way... let me know if you are interested, I will find them, and figure it out.
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Originally Posted by cgipson1 View Post

I have both the SPs and the AFs in a build (Workstation in my sig)... and the SPs can get very loud, if you don't have a way to control the speed. The AFs are not bad even maxed out, but they are not silent.

I found that motherboard control didn't give me what I wanted with those fans... so I went with a controller. The SPs give a very slight (barely noticeable) clicking when used with the controller... but I can't hear it unless I put my ear right next to the fan.

Definitely want SPs on your heatsinks and any rads you have (good static pressure)... AFs are fine elsewhere as long as the CFM will give you the airflow you want.

They are great fans... within those limitations! I do highly recommend a controller... it will allow you to crank them when you need the cooling, and quiet them down for other times.

I have some extras (both unopened / opened) that I can throw up on the classifieds if you are interested (I bought more than I needed, lol!). Save you some money that way... let me know if you are interested, I will find them, and figure it out.

Thanks I'll get the AFs an SPs for my build then. Do you use the quiet series?

I will probably look into a fan controller, I'm a bit fussy with a clean minimal looking case so I'd have to find so way to do it hidden or electronically.

Thanks for the offer but I live in Brisbane Australia so after postage it would probably outweigh the savings on the fans by a mile.
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Originally Posted by bpw87 View Post

Thanks I'll get the AFs an SPs for my build then. Do you use the quiet series?

I will probably look into a fan controller, I'm a bit fussy with a clean minimal looking case so I'd have to find so way to do it hidden or electronically.

Thanks for the offer but I live in Brisbane Australia so after postage it would probably outweigh the savings on the fans by a mile.

Wouldn't bother with the AF series. Just stick to the SP. The AF can't handle restriction very well.

If you want a quiet fan you will not get it from corsair unless you under volt the fan or look else where. quiet fans are 1000 RPM or less.
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Originally Posted by mam72 View Post

Wouldn't bother with the AF series. Just stick to the SP. The AF can't handle restriction very well.

If you want a quiet fan you will not get it from corsair unless you under volt the fan or look else where. quiet fans are 1000 RPM or less.

LOL what? Where'd you get that from?
It's about the design of the fins and how much noise they make when they cut the air. It has little to do with RPM because the quietest fan is 0 RPM or less wink.gif
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Originally Posted by bpw87 View Post

Thanks I'll get the AFs an SPs for my build then. Do you use the quiet series?

I will probably look into a fan controller, I'm a bit fussy with a clean minimal looking case so I'd have to find so way to do it hidden or electronically.

Thanks for the offer but I live in Brisbane Australia so after postage it would probably outweigh the savings on the fans by a mile.

You are right.. shipping would kill it! lol!

I have these:

SP120 High Performance edition http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Performance-Edition-CO-9050008-WW/dp/B007RESFYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396453731&sr=8-1&keywords=sp120 A bit loud.. but move lots of air

SP120 PWM Quiet Edition http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C249PEO/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I thought these were AFs... but they are SP 120 Quiet edition with PWM control. Nice and quiet... noticeable at full speed but very do-able.

AF120 Performance Edition http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-AF120-Performance-Single-CO-9050003-WW/dp/B007RESGBC/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1396453814&sr=1-3&keywords=af120
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Wouldn't bother with the AF series. Just stick to the SP. The AF can't handle restriction very well.

If you want a quiet fan you will not get it from corsair unless you under volt the fan or look else where. quiet fans are 1000 RPM or less.

LOL what? Where'd you get that from?
It's about the design of the fins and how much noise they make when they cut the air. It has little to do with RPM because the quietest fan is 0 RPM or less wink.gif
Just common sense mate. biggrin.gif
Blade speed means noise... and 900-1000rpm is the point at we can hear the blade spinning. It doesn't matter what the blade design is, there is some noise.

So as a general rule if you want a quiet build the fans need to be running less than 1000rpm. thumb.gif
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I use the quiet edition SP120s for my radiator, which is outside my case and they are pretty quiet when used with a fan controller. Be aware though, at really low voltages they make a slight buzz or tick sound. I keep them just above that level and it's still plenty quiet and even on high they're not loud.
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LOL what? Where'd you get that from?
It's about the design of the fins and how much noise they make when they cut the air. It has little to do with RPM because the quietest fan is 0 RPM or less wink.gif

I got that from martinsliquidlab, so it ain't something I am pulling out of my arse. From his tests he said that fans become hard to tell the difference between. Blade design does matter just not as much as you think. Anyway most of the consumer blade designs are just marketing nonsense (Noctua is a good example) compared to industrial suppliers

With your logic "It has little to do with RPM " a 4000 RPM Delta is going to be the same noise level at 1000 RPM.
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With your logic "It has little to do with RPM " a 4000 RPM Delta is going to be the same noise level at 1000 RPM.

lol!!! Don't we all wish this!! We wouldn't need watercooling! wink.gif
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