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So as of right now, I have to run my computer with the case open. The fan I currently have in there barely moves any air.

What I'm looking for is an 80mm fan to put in the exhaust. I have one place to mount it, so it really needs to count.

In terms of noise, most anything is OK, so long as it's a bit quieter than the fans at max on a 15" MacBook Pro. Those are pretty loud. Unfortunately, I have no way to test the exact level.

EDIT: Never mind, found what I'm looking for. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-200-027
Edited by Concorde105 - 2/23/11 at 7:57pm
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Time for a new case. My first case was an Antec 4480 II - a.k.a. "the tomb." Well, I was ignorant. I was ignorant in buying that POS case, and ignorant again buyin a Noctua and a Nexus trying to ventilate the thing.

I learned two things:

A quiet 80mm fan doesn't move any air to speak of.
An 80mm fan that moves air is noisy.

Bottom line: get a new case. Good ones are cheap.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ehume;12503230 
Time for a new case. My first case was an Antec 4480 II - a.k.a. "the tomb." Well, I was ignorant. I was ignorant in buying that POS case, and ignorant again buyin a Noctua and a Nexus trying to ventilate the thing.

I learned two things:

A quiet 80mm fan doesn't move any air to speak of.
An 80mm fan that moves air is noisy.

Bottom line: get a new case. Good ones are cheap.

Yep. I am in need of a new case. I'm eying the Antec Three Hundred. It looks like what I need to do for this case I have, until I get off my lazy ass and buy a new case, is not get a new fan, but cut out the grill in the back. It murders my airflow.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Concorde105;12503380 
Yep. I am in need of a new case. I'm eying the Antec Three Hundred. It looks like what I need to do for this case I have, until I get off my lazy ass and buy a new case, is not get a new fan, but cut out the grill in the back. It murders my airflow.

Oh Lord! Don't get that. Ack! Yuck!

1. It's expensive for what it is.

2. It's top fan position is in the back only - you'll never be able to do top intake.

You want flexibility in your case layout. Better: CM HAF 912. Even better: CM 692.

Heck, I think my Beta Evo is a better case than that Antec.
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post #5 of 9
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The HAF 912 looks to be perfect for my needs. Same cost as the Antec 300.

I'm assuming that I have to buy some fans with it, correct? Perhaps I will get a fan controller and some Delta fans then.
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post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Concorde105;12515559 
The HAF 912 looks to be perfect for my needs. Same cost as the Antec 300.

I'm assuming that I have to buy some fans with it, correct? Perhaps I will get a fan controller and some Delta fans then.

Good controllers cost more than great fans. Buy a new case. Live with it. Check out the airflow. Remove the rear grill (unless it's a high end aluminum case - those don't have rear grills, just open space), compare temps to see if you need the rear exhaust fan (you won't) and repurpose the rear fan.

Only then consider getting new fans. And if they're to be 120mm fans you'll be getting Gentle Typhoons.
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actually the antec 300 isnt that bad i bought it for alittle build for my parents and with a few mods its actually nice to work with and its a windtunnel!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ehume;12515858 
Good controllers cost more than great fans. Buy a new case. Live with it. Check out the airflow. Remove the rear grill (unless it's a high end aluminum case - those don't have rear grills, just open space), compare temps to see if you need the rear exhaust fan (you won't) and repurpose the rear fan.

Only then consider getting new fans. And if they're to be 120mm fans you'll be getting Gentle Typhoons.

Ah, OK. I have a grill in my current case, it murders airflow. If I don't need new fans, that would be nice. I'm cheap. I don't like to spend money.

What could I repurpose the rear fan for?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Concorde105;12516343 
Ah, OK. I have a grill in my current case, it murders airflow. If I don't need new fans, that would be nice. I'm cheap. I don't like to spend money.

What could I repurpose the rear fan for?

Wherever you would put another fan, use your former rear fan there. Be sure to play around. It's fun.
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