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Need advice on case fan mods for Raven 2

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My case is new and the front 180mm fan will randomly stop working on the low setting and it doesnt push much on high. I was at frys yesterday with my PC where they built it and they could not swap out just the fan from another case because it has a soldered connection at the fan control and they are for some reason not allowed to touch that stuff. One of the sales guys who is familiar with fan mods said that these 200mm fans shoudl work and took one out of the box to test fit in their display model Raven 2. It was hard to tell since the backing plate where the mobo sits was in the way but the fans that sit below it dont seem to butt up to that plate and the shrouds for the stock fans are really bulky. He said that 3 200mm should fit since their shrouds are far less bulky. Do these look like a good way to go or should I just wait until I do water cooling for the VGA's and run the radiator at the bottom with some 120 or 140mm fans on top of the rad? I saw a guy on xtreme systems forum that did this. Link

The only reason the cooling concerns me is because I will be adding another 6970 in a couple of months and need to WC them for the heat. So far the case and everything else does not really run hot but I know it will with 2 cards and some OC'ing.

I did buy 2 120mm fans yesterday. One that he said I should mount under the rad for the CPU cooler for a push pull and 1 to see If I could mount it on top somewhere for an extra exhaust fan or maybe put it another place that it may fit. They are colored too for some pizzaz!
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I would just do the latter and wait, dude. If anything, though, why don't you contact silverstone about your problem? I'm sure they'd be willing to swap the case out of a new one considering it's new. That's a bad on them, not you, and they should at least fix the problem since those fans (and the stack effect) is one of the only reasons to buy that case.
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Ya frys offered to replace the case but it woukd take them a week to do it and i need the computer. They have to do the swap under the warranty agreement. So i figured i would just replace the fan myself or do water cooling but i will need new fans anyway since the stock fans dont push enough air to cool a rad plus cool the rest of the case.
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