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post #1 of 14
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I'm beginning to resign to the possibility that I may just buy a case without fans, and get aftermarkets.

So, I'm planning on using NewEgg to buy these fans since I think it would be really cool to have everything arrive all at the same time.

Here's the list of manufacturers of fans in their 120mm case fan category:

Scythe USA
AeroCool
Antec
Thermaltake
SILENX
Silverstone
APEVIA (Aspire)
ARCTIC COOLING
BGears
Cooler Master
Dynatron
Enermax(1)
EVERCOOL THERMAL CORP., LTD
Fieon Digital
GENERIC
HIPER
IPCQueen
Kingwin Inc.
Logisys Computer
MASSCOOL
OKGEAR
Rexus
Rosewill
Sunon
Vantec
XIGMATEK
Zalman Tech Co., Ltd

Who are the best, who should I avoid, and of course, who can provide me with the best value?

I'm looking for something quiet, but yet at the same time offers the best performance, and a very, very long life, all without breaking the bank. But I just don't know anything yet. However, I have already read a lot about fans, but not much of it helped, so I am coming here for your help.

Besides, I would like to utilize your experience to make my purchase intelligently.


Besides 120mm, it would be fun to have blue LEDs, but it's obviously not necessary.

One thing I want to know is: should I buy grills with the fans?
post #2 of 14
the Xclio cases use 1.0mm stell instead of the standard .8mm steel. they are rock solid and very nice. you might look into one of them. and for fans avaoid the cheap ones. the 4.99 fans will die fast the 12.99 to 30 dollar ones are usally a good choice.
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I prefer the Yate Loons in terms of quality/price/performance ratio.
    
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post #4 of 14
For best performance, but paying a little more, I would go with a Scythe S-FLEX or a SilenX.

Those are, personally, all I use in my computers. Very quiet! Push a lot of air!
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post #6 of 14
The best ones are not even in that list!!!

DELTA fans FTW

I'm using 5 of these on 2 radiators and they rock.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/de12trblhisp.html
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post #7 of 14
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Don't stop now. This is good.

I saw that thread at xtremesystems, and the other one. If I remember right, they said something about Delta being among the worst. That was a somewhat helpful thread. But I suck, and I want to know which ones I can take off that list by NewEgg, and which ones I should keep on it. I just want to narrow my choices down.

I also want to know about the different bearings, and all of the other specs fans have so that I can make my choice intelligently. I mean, I have a month to do this, so I basically just need the information to narrow my search.
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Don't stop now. This is good.

I saw that thread at xtremesystems, and the other one. If I remember right, they said something about Delta being among the worst. That was a somewhat helpful thread. But I suck, and I want to know which ones I can take off that list by NewEgg, and which ones I should keep on it. I just want to narrow my choices down.

I also want to know about the different bearings, and all of the other specs fans have so that I can make my choice intelligently. I mean, I have a month to do this, so I basically just need the information to narrow my search.
Delta's will push the most air...but they will cost the most amperage and dbA's...lol..big time...
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Apple 23" Cinema Display HD (1) Apple 23" Cinema Display HD (2) Dell Black Kid 
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thermaltake thunderblades here.
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Antec Pro's Dude...............................
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