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compared to the 70cfm/33dba yate loons i posted earlier for 4/$20? no those scythe's aren't worth it and a waste of a lot of money to me
The Scythe's have an MTBF over three times longer than the Yate Loons, and FDB's don't have the noise problems that some sleeve-bearing fans have running horizontally.
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Awesome suggestions everyone. Keep them coming! I think I should mention that I am going to be using the Tuniq Tower.

In addition, I'm also looking for the best fan manufacturers, and the highest quality, best fans I can get for that money. And so far, it sounds like I can get more than 3 for less than $70 shipped.

I do want to replace all the stock cooling with the CM 690 since I hear that's the way to go.

As far as blue LED fans go, who makes the quietest, highest CFM, and has the best bearings? As you can probably tell, I don't know a thing about case fans yet. I just want to buy as if I've done this a million times before. And with a $70 shipped budget, I'm confident that I can get 3-5 flagship type fans, which is what I'm after.

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go on www.directcanada.com. check out the fan called' silverstone' it's a powerful fan. You may like it.
Can you narrow it down for me?
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Can you narrow it down for me?
He's probably talking about the Silverstone FM121, which is a big favorite among a lot of enthusiasts.

If you really want an LED fan, I think Zalman makes a pretty good LED unit. ZM3 I believe the name is. Never used them myself so I can't comment on them though.
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He's probably talking about the Silverstone FM121, which is a big favorite among a lot of enthusiasts.

If you really want an LED fan, I think Zalman makes a pretty good LED unit. ZM3 I believe the name is. Never used them myself so I can't comment on them though.
I was kinda thinking it might've been the FM121.

Is this the Zalman that you're thinking of? Longer text link.
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I have an Aerocool Xtreme Turbine, black. These look really cool, move a good amount of air, and arent too noisy. I have one, and i plan on gettin another soon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835129245
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Is this the Zalman that you're thinking of? Longer text link.
Looks about right, but that's pretty expensive for a sleeve-bearing fan.
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Looks about right, but that's pretty expensive for a sleeve-bearing fan.
That brings up more questions I have for everyone.

Which ball bearings are considered to be the best?

And...

How many CFM are the 3 stock cm690 case fans likely moving? And which brands are typically honest about the CFM? For example, I am seeing Rosewill fans for like $4 claiming about 77 CFM. I also saw an IPCQUEEN at $3.99 claiming 80.1 CFM, but I don't believe it's true.

And which e-tailers do you recommend for this shopping adventure?
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That brings up more questions I have for everyone.

Which ball bearings are considered to be the best?

And...

How many CFM are the 3 stock cm690 case fans likely moving? And which brands are typically honest about the CFM? For example, I am seeing Rosewill fans for like $4 claiming about 77 CFM. I also saw an IPCQUEEN at $3.99 claiming 80.1 CFM, but I don't believe it's true.

And which e-tailers do you recommend for this shopping adventure?
Well, ball-bearings are a type of bearing themselves. There's quite a few different types, and to be quite honest I don't know them all. The three main ones are ball, sleeve, and fluid-dynamic. Panaflo also uses something called "Hydro Wave", and Noctua fans have an SSO (Self-Stabilizing Oil) bearing, while Enermax has a magnetic-barometric bearing. The only ones I've used personally are FDB, Ball, Sleeve, SSO, and Magnetic-barometric. The magnetic-barometric are very quiet, but also unimpressive in terms of airflow. Nice for an HTPC, but not incredible for enthusiasts. Noctua's SSO is also exceptionally quiet, but they're rather expensive, and again do not move a huge amount of air. Most ball-bearing fans I've used have been a tad loud for my taste. Sleeve bearings are very cheap and relatively quiet, but suffer from short lifespans.

Personally, I like FDB the best - they move a good amount of airflow, have great lifespans, and perform very well indeed.
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Thank you, RayvinAzn. That helped! Rep+ for ya.

Keep those answers coming everyone. I'm loving it! I need as much education as possible.
post #20 of 20
I went with the Scythe Slip Streams. For less than 10 bucks a pop, I can replace them when the bearings wear out.

The 1900 rpm ones will make some noise at full speed; but at arms length, the airflow will muss your hair. (rated 110cfm) At 7 volts, they are virtually silent. (and still move a lot of air)
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