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I know silent and quiet is a lot about perception. But anyways I have a server that runs 24/7 and is in my living room, so it needs to be near silent.

I need a fan that goes in front of my case intaking air over 6 hard drives.

Right now I have a scythe 500rpm fan there but it blows so little air that I can't really feel air on the other side of the hard drives.

So who's got a good idea for me. Preferably from newegg. The fan will be running off of molex as I have no fan controller or fan headers on the board.

I'm also curious about a cheap but good fan controller maybe one that goes in an expansion slot. With a fan that would then not need to be so quiet.

I was looking at one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-023-_-Product

Or just get on of these fans and call it good?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185004
Edited by lightsout - 3/14/11 at 4:02pm
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post #2 of 15
Silverstone AP fans are real nice and cool. Not the quietest but probably the coldest. Take a look at Enermax Everest also. Enermax makes decent fans also.
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ok will do.
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Fan controllers and quiet fans will definitely help, but a good case with sound dampening will also go a long way.

May I suggest the Antec Mini P180 or the Fractal R3.
    
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RV03 when it comes out!

loaded with Coolermaster R4 sickle flow fans

19dbs but 69CFM >=)
    
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Fan controllers and quiet fans will definitely help, but a good case with sound dampening will also go a long way.

May I suggest the Antec Mini P180 or the Fractal R3.
New case is not in the cards for now. Once I run out of HDD slots I will cross that bridge.
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I just ordered some enermax silence fans to replace my ap-14's, because my rig is quiet, but not silent. However, I would strongly recommend going with one, they are amazing spec/review wise, not to mention they are only like $7-8 per fan on performance-pcs.com.
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I know silent and quiet is a lot about perception. But anyways I have a server that runs 24/7 and is in my living room, so it needs to be near silent.

I need a fan that goes in front of my case intaking air over 6 hard drives.

Right now I have a scythe 500rpm fan there but it blows so little air that I can't really feel air on the other side of the hard drives.

So who's got a good idea for me. Preferably from newegg. The fan will be running off of molex as I have no fan controller or fan headers on the board.

I'm also curious about a cheap but good fan controller maybe one that goes in an expansion slot. With a fan that would then not need to be so quiet.

I was looking at one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-023-_-Product

Or just get on of these fans and call it good?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185004
Are you currently monitoring the HDD's temps? HD Tune will do this.

Here's a results from just a quick search I found http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...6033154AACVzPS
(check the info sources) in this link. I like to keep mine in the 30-40c range. Usually they stay 32-35c even in the heat of summer. This is with what you may not consider silent rear exhaust fan pulling 55-65 cfm. Along with this is a side intake fan too. Reason I mention all this it makes a difference as to how much flow is going through your case right?

I run a 1000 rpm 44 cfm Enermax over my 4 HDD's http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999099 currently not available at the egg but perhaps Amazon? But that's with system above, If you only use one fan over the HDD's and no exhaust I would look into the Scythe GT AP-11, or 13. They have the best static pressure and lowest noise level out there.
http://www.koolertek.com/computer-pa...1-184p1386.htm
http://www.koolertek.com/computer-pa...3-184p1388.htm

Either of these would as close to silent as they come and still have enough power to work with what you're doing. If you monitor the temps before you purchase you may find replacing your current fan isn't really needed.
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I had actually just installed the scythe fan, the cooler master one I had wasn't even hooked up lol.

Anyways after running the scythe and monitoring the temps I'm fine with what it is for now.

They are all in the low 30's except the OS which always ran a little hot.

Thanks for the feedback though folks.
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