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Hello guys,

I'm planning to improve my case ventilation by adding 3 x 120 mm fairly queit but capable fans.

I will install one in the front which i will connect to the mobo, while the other 2 will be installed on the side panel.

For now i'm considering the following models:
1.AeroCool Shark Devil Red 120mm (CFM 32.5-82.6,RPM 800-1500,12.6-26.5 dB)
2.Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 (CFM 58.3, RPM 800-1300, 16 dB)
3.Scythe Slip Stream 120mm 1200rpm (CFM 68.5, 24 dB)

One fan in the front will be controlled by the BIOS, since it will be connected to the 3 pin header, while the 2 on the side panel will run full speed powered by Molex (i won't be getting a fan controller for a long time).

So what should i choose? Are there any other good ones that aren't excesively priced?

Also how should i configure the 2 fans on the side panel, which one should be for intake?
Edited by Pentdragon - 3/11/11 at 4:20am
post #2 of 13
Slip Streams are pretty good case fans with lots of air flow, and aren't too expensive. Don't know about the other fans, but I was never disappointed with my Scythe fans smile.gif
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Scythe gentle typhoons are supposed to be very quiet and very capable.

As for the side panel depends on the rest of the airflow in your case.
If they are right next to each other you risk just blowing out the air you suck in.
I'd use both as an intake if you have fans exhausting at the back and also the top
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I have gentle typhoons which are awesome but they aint cheap : /

also look at how you want the air to flow around your case, try to keep intakes lower than out-takes as warm air rises and try and have a sensible flow so air comes in flow over stuff and then flows out.
Edited by Dr216 - 3/11/11 at 1:58am
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I have a couple of Fractal Design 120mm Silent Series in my previous build.

They barely say a thing, but they don't provide that much of an airflow.
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Originally Posted by Fatality292;12690836 
Scythe gentle typhoons are supposed to be very quiet and very capable.

As for the side panel depends on the rest of the airflow in your case.
If they are right next to each other you risk just blowing out the air you suck in.
I'd use both as an intake if you have fans exhausting at the back and also the top


I checked the spex of Gentle Typhoon for the model @ 1450 RPM - 50 CFM and 21 db. I'm no expert but Thermaltake AF0018 ISGC Fan 12 seems far better at 16 db with 58 CFM.....

As for the intake fans on the side panel, i face a greater challenge - dust filters. I was unable to find any dust filters made only for my stupid case In Win Griffin Black, so i have to improvise. Any advice on this department?
Edited by Pentdragon - 3/11/11 at 3:12am
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Could go real cheap and stretch some tights over them =p .

Or you could get some dust filtering material and cut it to size and affix it
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Could go real cheap and stretch some tights over them =p .

Or you could get some dust filtering material and cut it to size and affix it

I did a google search and the brand name Demciflex came up. I found it on one of my fav. e-tailers but wow 1 120mm filter costs almost as much as the Thermaltake 120mm fan i mentioned in my orginal post.

http://www.pcgarage.ro/accesorii-ventilatoare-radiatoare/demciflex/dust-filter-square-120mm-nfb/
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While their specs are a bit off, the CM Rifle bearing fans are pretty good. I'm pretty sure they make an LED version of them as well. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0312369
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post #10 of 13
i suppose you're in luck, newegg has 20% off case fans for 72 hrs.
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