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I have had my new computer for a few weeks now and for about a week it has been running on only 2 120mm case fans with the side panel removed (I know it is not ideal but I have been broke the past few weeks). I now have a little money to buy some more case fans. My case can take a total of 6 120mm fans and 2 were included so I need a total of 4. The timing couldn't be better as I got an email today from newegg with a promo code for 20% off all case fans. I would like to spend as little money as possible but at the same time I want the fans to have good air flow and last a while. I came across this fan on newegg. I just get the feeling that the low price means low quality but I could be wrong. Considering that noise level is not a huge concern for me (as long as it doesn't sound like a jet engine) is this an acceptable fan for my cooling needs? If this fan is total junk please recommend a fan (preferably from newegg) that is not too expensive.

The next part for my cooling setup will be some sort of fan controller. As I am new to this part of pc building I don't know much about the options out there but what I am looking for is some way to control all my fans through software (there is only 1 fan connection on my motherboard). I have looked at some of the controllers that go in a drive bay but I would rather have some sort of hardware inside the case to control the fans through software in windows. Is this possible? If so what are my options?
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Anything running faster than 1500rpm is noisy except Scythe GTs. Having 6 of them will definitely sound like a jet engine. That Dynatron is a ball bearing fan which are louder than sleeve bearing ones. Though they last longer, sleeves run perfectly fine for a few years.

I would get YL D12SL-12, they're the best bang for buck fans around: http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa.html

Or if you want to stick to Newegg, CM Sickleflows are pretty good, same price as the Dynatron and should be quieter. Though 2000rpm means you would probably want to slow them down. And you can always snip the LEDs if you don't like them.
regular, blue, red, green

If you can wait for stock Scythe Slipstream 1600 are really quiet fans.

And Gelid Silent 12 aren't bad for the price though judging by your post you want ones that push more air...

I haven't heard of a fan controller that runs through software before, and don't think that's likely to exist. You definitely don't want to plug 6 fans into a single mobo header so you'll need a rheobus. Cheap ones won't let you see tach readouts though.
Edited by qiqi1021 - 3/11/11 at 11:58pm
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Anything running faster than 1500rpm is noisy except Scythe GTs. Having 6 of them will definitely sound like a jet engine. That Dynatron is a ball bearing fan which are louder than sleeve bearing ones. Though they last longer, sleeves run perfectly fine for a few years.

I would get YL D12SL-12, they're the best bang for buck fans around: http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa.html

Or if you want to stick to Newegg, CM Sickleflows are pretty good, same price as the Dynatron and should be quieter. Though 2000rpm means you would probably want to slow them down. And you can always snip the LEDs if you don't like them.
regular, blue, red, green

If you can wait for stock Scythe Slipstream 1600are really quiet fans.

And Gelid Silent 12 aren't bad for the price thought judging by your post you want ones that push more air...

I haven't heard of a fan controller that runs through software before, and don't think that's likely to exist. You definitely don't want to plug 6 fans into a single mobo header so you'll need a rheobus. Cheap ones won't let you see tach readouts though.
I am interested in the cooler master fans but I read somewhere that sleeve fans shouldn't be mounted horizontally. I will need to mount 2 or 3 of them horizontally so that may be a problem. Is this going to be an issue with the cooler master fans?
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Mounting sleeve fans horizontally is not a major issue, sure it'll shorten the lifespan of the fans but you're still looking at 2+ years 24/7 use before the bearings start making extraneous noises. If you're concerned look into FDB bearings they're quieter than double ball.
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Is this a good fan? For bearing type it says 1 ball 1 sleeve. What does that mean? What about this Rosewill? It looks like it has a controller built into it.
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with that limited cash go with the yates suggested earlier, don't go cheaper than that.
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The thing I like about the Rosewill is the high amount of air flow and the blue leds that match the existing leds in my case (not a big deal). Also seeing the fan controller that comes with it gave me an idea of building 4 of them into a panel on the back of my case. I was just wondering if the fan is of high enough quality. I am not too concerned about noise as I have loud speakers and won't notice it.
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If you want higher flow there's medium and high speed Yates too, Petra's carries the best of them from what I've read.

I would avoid 1 ball 1 sleeve fans because they're typically noisier than other bearing types. Afaik Rosewill is Newegg's own brand so you could call it "generic".

If you're not concerned about noise there isn't much to discuss. For case fan applications most have similar airflow at the same rpm, with the exception of extreme blade designs like Noctua S12 or Scythe GT.
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