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Is it possible to replace the D-14's fans with other 120mm fans?

I don't like the D-14 fans so I'd like to replace them with this:
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cooling/fans/100mmplus/Xigmatek/XLF-F1253.html

Orangle blades with White LED 120mm fan at 1,500rpm (the d14 fan only does 1,200rpm)

the only concern is that I don't know if changing the fans will affect the cooling performance, or make it better.

Possible? Thanks in advance!
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You definitely can replace Noctua fans with others. Check this out, for example.

I'm thinking of how I could adapt standard 140mm fans to use Noctua clips. I think I'd drill holes near the edges, about 105mm apart - that's the standard distance on 120mm fans, IIRC.

Then I'd drill partway through with an 8mm drill held in your hand. Drill until the peg pops through. Then you ought to be able to use it in the D14 with Noctua clips.
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That's good to hear. The fan that I Want is the same size as the D-14's fans, so I guess I don't need to drill.
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Quote:
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That's good to hear. The fan that I Want is the same size as the D-14's fans, so I guess I don't need to drill.
All the fans I've used have thicker flanges than the Noctuas. So for you it's

"Drill ye tarriers drill."
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I agree that the Noctua fans aren't the most appealing fans in the world but they do an awesome job cooling the CPU. There is a thread in the air cooling section from some time ago with a bunch of tests done with the D-14 and other fans and the results were shocking..the stock fans yielded some of the best results cooling and are also almost silent..If I am not mistaken the 1850 GT's were one of the few fans that had better results..I personally would go with the 1850 or 1450 GT's.
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Originally Posted by ehume;12546983 
All the fans I've used have thicker flanges than the Noctuas. So for you it's

"Drill ye tarriers drill."

Wait, I need to drill?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Serady View Post
Wait, I need to drill?
Can't really tell until you get the fans, but you might not have to.
My FM123's don't fit properly in my D-14, but paperclips don't look too bad in my case.
    
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Quote:
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Wait, I need to drill?
If you want to use Noctua pegs and clips, you will have to drill four holes the normal screw holes size (don't ask me; I haven't measured). Then you will have to carefully drill a concentric hole in each hole partway through the flange with a 9/32-inch or 8mm drill. You hold the drill in your hand to keep it from going too far. You drill until the wide part of the peg pops out the other side. This basically recreates what is already present in Noctua fans.

Or you can use ziptie screws (see my sig). Probably that's loads easier.
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http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/components/cooling/fans/100mmplus/Xigmatek/XLF-F1253.html

this is the fan that I want to replace the d14's fan with.
eh, I'm not good at drilling... hmm, I'll check ur sig out. thanks
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Oh, I forgot to clarify: I don't want to replace the whole D-14's fans, just one fan. Like this:

fanf.png

Not the middle one.

Do I still need to drill? frown.gif
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