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I have $54 lying around to use on some better fans and maybe sleeving if it's cheap enough and I have some $ left over.

I'm looking for 2/3 140mm fans and maybe a single 120mm to replace the back fan.

For 140mm's, I first looked at the basic CM fans, but I'm thinking these Xiggies would do the trick to fit on the top two 140mm slots. The front 140mm I'm still iffy on changing. I actually am fine with how stock looks and works. Moves a good amount of air, and I like the blue LEDs.

The rear 120mm I'm clueless about.

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Hey mate, check this out, http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...n-roundup.html

I was at the same spot you are at now when I got my 692 and after reading that round up I bought 2 Scythe Slip Stream 140 for the top, but replaced them soon with 2 Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPRO PK3, the scythes were to noisy for me and I couldn't fit 2 of them on top because of the 120mm fittings, watch out for that!

As for the rear, I've got a GT ap-15 sitting there doing it's job just fine.

Hope this helped you out a bit, good luck.
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+Rep for link and help.

I'm a little bit leaning towards something in the black w/LEDs department, and I've heard many great things about Xigmatek's fans, so I'm wondering how they fell to the worst rankings.

Any other recs?
 
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Np. I personally have no experience with those fans, and if other sources claim it preforms better then in that round-up test, you could find a balance in it. Another thing is that the xiggy your interested in isn't exactly the same that's in the test, or at least the name/appearance is different, there could be differences in performance?

As for other recs, hmm, the black w/led is making options quite limited and I don't know any other fan like this then the one you linked, perhaps your best bet is to browse a bit thought 140's at the big eshops?

EDIT: another thingy to add, perhaps it helps, it's pretty obvious tho, 120mm's also fit up in the 692, so perhaps there's something nicely performing with the looks you want in that size as well, just something to keep in mind if the 140's don't work out at all?
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I'm looking for something not specifically along the lines of "black" plastic, per say, since I think I overspecified with what the fans I mentioned already had. I'm just looking for something that won't really stick out (like Noctua or TR) and has LEDs.

I don't know anyone that has experience with noise and such on the Xigmateks, as I've really only seen newegg reviews and such. If anything, I'll probably try them out and maybe look up more reviews. I can start out with just one.
 
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Hmm, you know what, I tried to search for some reviews, but didn't end up with much except newegg, and over there it's all positive.. So you could try them and see by your self, good chance that they will turn out just fine. And so for LED fans, I think cooler master and enermax have got some good once.
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Here's my airflow:



If I was able to tolerate a tall case, I might have gotten your very case. I like that you can put two fans on the top and a fan on the bottom. A second fan on the bottom is gravy.

I found that a 140mm Kaze Maru 1200 rpm fan is nice and quiet up top, as long as the airflow is pointing down, which it is. Be sure to close off the rear top fan position to prevent recirculation.

For your bottm two intake fans go with two GT AP-14's (1450 rpm) or AP-13's (1150 rpm), depending on how quiet you want them to be.

Side fan: 500 rpm Kaze Maru for quietest. You could also fit a Noctua NF-P14 with a low speed resistor (comes with the fan), or a TR TY-140 (louder, but great performance). (140mm fan review)

For the front you could use any of the 140mm fans I've mentioned. Or try a Yate Loon D14SL-124B (low speed 140mm with 4 blue LED's).

Oh yes: cut out your rear grill and don't use any exhaust fan. That will allow your air to simply flow out.

Remove slot covers - one slot above each vidcard you have, and two slots below each. This will allow air to flow past the cards and cool your gpu's better.
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