I need to replace 3 default fans on an old Corsair Carbide 500R case and I am looking for suggestions/ideas. I need to replace the 2x120mm intake fans on the front and the 1x120mm exhaust fan on the rear.
Normally I would just go and get some Noctua fans (like NF-F12 or NF-P12) but the computer I'll use them for is going to be used soon as a secondary one so I don't really want to spend that much (€60+) just to replace 3 fans (and honestly that horrible color would look really ugly on the front). Are there any comparable fans from other brands that cost less and perform about the same? The CPU is an i7 860 and has a NH-D14 on it anyway, even under load it never goes high.
I am more worried about quietness than cooling, even if I have a few more grades on the cpu I won't care.
My plan initially was to attach the fans (at least the 2 frontal ones) to the case which has a 3-step fan speed switch, but I found out it is a proprietary connector so I'll just have to get normal fans and plug them to the motherboard instead. I have only 1x3pin connector available so I will plug them both on it using a splitter. The rear fan is attached to a 4xpin connector instead.
To sum it up I need:
- 2x120mm intake fans (both 3pin, no PWM)
- 1x120mm exaust fan (PWM with 4pin)
- Black fans preferred