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beldecca, Nick911 I have a BlackIce GTX 420, and that's what I'm going to use. smile.gif

Cepheus: Good points, but my choices were a 360 or a 420. Given that I'll be overclocking an i7 420 and cooling a HD5870, I wanted as much surface area as I could get. It's the biggest one I can fit internally in my case too.

fat_italian_stallion: I'm probably going to get three of the Tecnofront 140 airboxes, FrozenCPU is the only place that carries them. Would be great if they had a 420, but I'm a patient man. Given how cheap silicone gaskets etc are, I think those are a pretty darn good idea too.

IOSEFINI: That adapter looks good, but only for half of my push/pull setup. wink.gif I'm sure I can make something work. What you mentioned about horizontally-mounted Yates has me concerned though. There was mention of that in Martin's Round 6 / 140mm thread I think, but what should I use instead?
    
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Originally Posted by Glacialis;11776579 
beldecca, Nick911 I have a BlackIce GTX 420, and that's what I'm going to use. smile.gif

Cepheus: Good points, but my choices were a 360 or a 420. Given that I'll be overclocking an i7 420 and cooling a HD5870, I wanted as much surface area as I could get. It's the biggest one I can fit internally in my case too.

fat_italian_stallion: I'm probably going to get three of the Tecnofront 140 airboxes, FrozenCPU is the only place that carries them. Would be great if they had a 420, but I'm a patient man. Given how cheap silicone gaskets etc are, I think those are a pretty darn good idea too.

IOSEFINI: That adapter looks good, but only for half of my push/pull setup. wink.gif I'm sure I can make something work. What you mentioned about horizontally-mounted Yates has me concerned though. There was mention of that in Martin's Round 6 / 140mm thread I think, but what should I use instead?

Use San Aces + adapters. You dont need push/pull set-up with these fans.
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Aren't San Ace fans a little expensive? $120+?
    
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Having googled around a bit it seems that there are varying degrees of quality and thus expense for San Ace fans. I'm not sure that's the brand I want to go with since I would like a balance of noise versus performance, but they do look to be quite awesome.

Here's what I'm currently considering, six of them: Aerocool Shark Black Edition 140mm x 25mm

EDIT: Martin tested this fan over here, and they can draw up to 4 watts apiece. So I'm looking for a fan controller that can handle 6 fans, either individually or in two groups of three (bad idea? good idea?), and 24 watts.

Thoughts?
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Originally Posted by Glacialis;11793176 
Having googled around a bit it seems that there are varying degrees of quality and thus expense for San Ace fans. I'm not sure that's the brand I want to go with since I would like a balance of noise versus performance, but they do look to be quite awesome.

Here's what I'm currently considering, six of them: Aerocool Shark Black Edition 140mm x 25mm

EDIT: Martin tested this fan over here, and they can draw up to 4 watts apiece. So I'm looking for a fan controller that can handle 6 fans, either individually or in two groups of three (bad idea? good idea?), and 24 watts.

Thoughts?

Dont forget that you have a GTX rad. You need high static pressure fans for it. That Aerocool has 1.07 mmH2O and the San Ace has 6+ mmH2O.
1 San Ace costs $20 and you need just 3 of them + adapters. They are noisy(you can undervolt them a lil bit), but I really dont know how you can have a silent comp. since you use that radiator (maybe with 6 GT AP-15, but higher temps)
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My goal isn't complete silence, nor is it extreme performance. That is why the San Ace fans are overkill for me. I bought a high performance radiator because it's more than I need, which means I should be able to get by without using top-of-the-line fans that turn my bedroom into a wind tunnel.
    
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My suggestion then, is to start off with one side of 3 high quality fans, its worth it. (also, throw some grills on to protect your expensive rad). I have the sunbeam 4 port controller, it's worked well. As a further option, go with an array like, [high flow], [med flow], [low flow] that way you can run quite, or run cool, or a compromise between that to suite your needs.

The noise of cheap fans will get to you eventually. San Ace and Panaflo's are keepers. You can always add the other side later.
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mtbhrd: I do have a grill, but I'm not sure what you mean by an array. I hope to run all three fans on a side at the same voltage. You're saying that San Ace fans are quieter than cheap fans, but just above you IOSEFINI mentions that they're loud. That's also the conclusion I've come to through web research. I want high static pressure, true, but the kind of noise the San Aces generate is just too much. I can't have that kind of noise in our bedroom, not when it comes from a computer. biggrin.gif

IOSEFINI: Found some static pressure data for Gentle Typhoons. Not...terribly good for dense radiators.

All: What is considered to be good static pressure for fans that are cooling a BlackIce GTX? Right now I'm looking for the highest static pressure with the lowest noise. Not an easy feat, which is why I was impressed by the Aerocool Shark because it managed 1.0 mm@H20 with 30 dBA. If I can keep everything below 35dBA I can make my wife happy. smile.gif Without that, the computer gets tossed out the window...
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I just meant that if your not sure what speed fan you want, you don't have to hold yourself back to three of the same speed.

At first, I had 3 Scythe ultra kaze 3000 rpm, they were really loud, and clicked when under-volted. I switched out 2 for Panaflo medium flow's, and I run those most the time, and turn on the ultra kaze if its really hot, and I'm stress testing.
    
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What's the static pressure on those? According to Sidewinder, the 38mm medium speed Panaflos are only 35dBA or so. It's the static pressure and dBA that I'm worried about right now. smile.gif RPMs are adjustable.
    
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