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Upgrading/replacing some air cooling

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So I've neglected the air cooling in my system for 18-24 months. Original set up was this:

2 Scythe Kaze Master 4 channel fan controllers
2 120x25mm fans that came with Venomous X
5 120x38mm Scythe ultra kaze 3k rpm fans

I got tired of the kaze server displays and decided I really don't want all those temperature probe wires running around my case. I picked up a Lamptron FC8, which I just got in the mail. By the way, build quality on that FC8 is the real deal. It has some weight to it and feels really sturdy. Anyway, I've got two dead ultra kazes and I'm looking to transition the system to be less noisy. I should probably remove some of the grills built into my case to decrease some of the resistance, but originally I wasn't too super concerned about MTBF for $10 fans. I'm also looking to after market cooling on my GTX480s, which is by far the biggest noise issue at the moment, but like I said, that's coming.

Do I replace the Ultra Kaze's with new ones? Or move on to a new fan? I run the ultra kazes around 1500-1700 RPM 24/7. I originally selected them based on their airflow vs noise. This is the newest article I can really find relating these bit-tech, 2009. Most people don't recommend the ultra kazes, but it seems to get really good airflow vs sound. Since I never run over 2k RPM should I just switch to ultra kaze 2ks as the 3ks die? If I'm using a fan controller, is there any reason to not aim for highest CFM:dBA? A lot of people love gentle typhoons, but that chart has them with a worse CFM:dBA.

So, suggestions? Thanks.
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Real men use Deltas .

You don't need an insane FFB that makes your ears bleed though. There are plenty of other models that are more reasonably priced that can get quiet.

I have an AFC1212DE that was torn out of an old dell. I run it at very low speed almost all the time and it is nearly silent.

Check out the AFB or EFB series. Thing is, you have to find a good deal since they can be expensive. Oh and make sure to check how well the specific model or series undervolts since some of them need a lot of juice just to run *cough* GFB *cough* .

You might want to check out the EFB's. I think they're designed to be quieter than say an FFB.
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Buy some low-RPM 200mm fans. Those are usually silent while pushing out decent amounts of air
    
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