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I'm looking to replace the cm690's case fans to get the best fans available. I'm also looking to add 2-3 fans. I want to get the best fans, but at the same time, I want to get the best prices on the best fans, so I want to know where to shop.

I basically want to keep the stock setup (but not the fans), and end up with this setup:
  • Two front lower intake 120mm blue LED fans (matching pair)
  • A single side panel 120mm intake fan (GPU placement only since I have a TT)
  • A rear 120mm exhaust fan.
  • A bottom fan blowing straight to the top
  • One or maybe two 120mm top exhaust fans for the blowhole(s)
What would you say is the level of difficulty for replacing or adding a front intake fan with this case? The last time I looked in the case, it looked kinda difficult, but I didn't make a point to figure out how easy it is.

I'm looking for the best fans with the highest CFM and have the quietest operation and longest life (and best bearings). Oh, and of course I'm looking for a very cool fan controller too. I think I'd like one that has blue-led back-lit round dials. That'd be cool. Or, if something, something that really makes the front of the case look awesome, and again, I like blue LED's.

Anyway, I also want to know how this will work with my mobo and PSU. I mean, I only see one extra fan header on the mobo, so would the fan controller plug into that fan header, and all of the fans would go to the fan controller?

I want to do this, but I want to be able to hide all the cables as much as possible.

I have money now, so money is almost no object since these are just case fans and a fan controller. But I'm not gonna buy a bunch of case fans if the price is ridiculously high (like what would you say... like is $30 or more ridiculous?)

I may even want to try and stick a fan on the left side of the case behind the mobo! What do you think? Is it worth it?

Oh, and I'm not interested in grills unless they'll end up being necessary.

And remember, I need to know where to shop for the very best 120mm fans (including 2 blue LED's) while at the same time getting the best prices.

Thank you for reading all of this. I know that I'm a windbag.
post #2 of 31
how loud u wanna go? best cfm=loud/ i have 5x120 all humming at 100% 100 cfms..hehehe
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Scythe fans with the word Kaze in their name look very good to me. I was thinking about picking some up for me and my brother, but I won a freebie here for some fans, so I ditched that idea
Note: I don't think they make any with LEDs. Get the high speed version and a fan controller

don't bother with one behind the motherboard, pointless and it will make too much noise for the good it does.
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So, as far as this question, how are the 120mm FM121's? Are there better ones than that? I'm looking for the ones that move the most air, but of the big air movers, I also want the quietest ones.
post #5 of 31
I'm not sure what your budget is like but if money is a concern at all, Petras has a great deal on yates. These are the ones I ordered:

http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa1.html

While they aren't as strong as the scythes/silverstones/panaflows, they have a great cfm to dba ratio and they're dirt cheap.
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Yeah, I was trying to remember the Yate Loon name. Thank you, thecool85!

Do many people consider the yate loons to be the best fans available?
post #7 of 31
go with something with real bearings... Delta and Panaflo's are the only fans I buy...

it's all about how serious you are about airflow... you want 80CFM or 220CFM? is noise an issue? size? price?
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Noise is an issue, but I'd say I probably fall somewhere in the middle between the extremist for silent computing, and those who don't care how loud it is, as long as it's working.

My system is forced to live in a deskhole, so I would guess that the more CFM the fan moves the better.
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Yeah, I was trying to remember the Yate Loon name. Thank you, thecool85!

Do many people consider the yate loons to be the best fans available?
Well, for people of my ilk who don't have bottomless pockets, the yates offer solid performance at a great price point. I paid $30 for 4 fans with tax and shipping. If I ordered 4 of the Silverstones or Panaflows, I'd be paying more than double that.
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post #10 of 31
powerful, reliable, and fairly quiet for the CFM...

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/pa12ulhisp.html

a little less CFM... but MUCH less noise...

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/de12trbllows1.html
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