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Hi, I have a HAF 932 arriving in the next 5 days. I haven't bought any extra/replacement fans for it, but I am interested in a fan controller. As far I know, the stock fans on the 932 are 3-pin; the 3 230mm fans run at 900 rpm at 17dba. Is it safe to use a fan controller on these fans? I don't know what limiting voltage/current to fans does to the life. I'm thinking of getting the NZXT Sentry LXE or a Lamptron FC-6.

In short, will either of the above fan controllers correct display and control RPM of all 4 fans?
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The stock fans have a 0.16A (1.92W) running current but max current (startup I suppose) is rated at 0.28A (3.36W). Any fan controller can easily handle this, but they're very quiet at full speed and don't move much air at all so you'd probably leave it at full speed. I can't tell you if the fan controllers will display it correctly but you can control it with ease.

You may wish to get the Lamptron FC-5 instead of the FC-6. They're similar but the FC-5 supports 30W per channel opposed to 20W per channel. Just in case you get some beastly fans one day. I have an FC-2 which supports 45W per channel, has six knobs but no display.
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The stock fans have a 0.16A (1.92W) running current but max current (startup I suppose) is rated at 0.28A (3.36W). Any fan controller can easily handle this, but they're very quiet at full speed and don't move much air at all so you'd probably leave it at full speed. I can't tell you if the fan controllers will display it correctly but you can control it with ease.

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Thanks, I'll check to see if the FC-5's are in stock.
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Nice choice on the case. Just so you know- though the case is loaded with fans it is remarkably quiet. Not trying to talk you out of the controller- just assuring you that you will be very happy with it!
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I have a fan controller with a HAF 932 and they work fine with the stock fans. You don't really need one though because the big 230mm fans are really quiet. You only really need one if you replace the 230mm fans with 120mm ones which are much louder.
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Originally Posted by Eno75;11855106 
Nice choice on the case. Just so you know- though the case is loaded with fans it is remarkably quiet. Not trying to talk you out of the controller- just assuring you that you will be very happy with it!

Yea, I was wondering about that as well. It makes sense - the 3 230mm fans shouldn't make much noise. Is there any way for you to "describe" how loud it is - kinda like a comparison to something? Total decibels kinda thing would be fine too.

This thread might help -
http://www.overclock.net/faqs/20770-info-how-loud-decibel-rating-my.html
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The stock fans are almost completely silent. I cannot hear them, even with all other fans off, unless I put my ear within a few inches.

IMO, there is zero reason to put them on a fan controller, even if you are a silence fanatic.
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Cooling System Front: 230 x 30 mm red LED fan x 1, 700 RPM, 110 CFM, 19 dBA

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Top: 230 x 30 mm standard fan x 1, 700 RPM, 110 CFM, 19 dBA (support 120 mm fan x 3 or 120 mm x 1 + 230 x 30 mm x 1)

Rear: 140 x 25 mm standard fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 60 CFM, 17 dBA (support 120 mm fan x 1), 35,000 hours life expectancy

For my taste those 230 mm fans are bit too loud at 700 rpm, 500 rpm is a nice silent speed.
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Love the case too!
I have had one small issue with fans on this case. Since getting this case I've taken the side panel off about 8x and have disconnected the side fan (this fan is in the side panel) and have had one of the "silver connectors" come loose, which made it difficult to reconnect the fan. I just reached on the underside of it and pushed up when reconnecting. Now when I open the darn thing I just leave the fan connected and set the panel door off to the side somewhere safe. Good luck. What color did you get? Mine is black.
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Love the case too!
I have had one small issue with fans on this case. Since getting this case I've taken the side panel off about 8x and have disconnected the side fan (this fan is in the side panel) and have had one of the "silver connectors" come loose, which made it difficult to reconnect the fan. I just reached on the underside of it and pushed up when reconnecting. Now when I open the darn thing I just leave the fan connected and set the panel door off to the side somewhere safe. Good luck. What color did you get? Mine is black.

Yea, I got the "normal" HAF 932 - not the AMD version or the Black Edition. I like the giant 230mm on the side panel of the original. The Black Edition doesn't have the side fan, but has a full size window. I'd rather have the 230mm blowing cool air at my 2 OC'd video cards, over a GPU duct... that air is heated by the HDD's already, so I'm not a big fan of that.

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