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Need the quietest case fans I can buy

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#1 stinkfist


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Posted 12 June 2011 - 01:34 AM

I just bought a i7 980x pc off of Craiglist ($500). I love this thing except the 5 fans are killing me. I have sensitive ears. I think they are all 120mm. What recommendations do you have on the quietest case fans I can buy. The CPU fan is quiet. It is the stock intel fan and heat sink. Thanks

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:17 AM

Scythe SY1225SL12L 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan

Quietest fan i found but only spinning at 800rpm.

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:55 AM

How much air flow do you need?

Either get different fans that spin slower as killerx525 suggested, or get a fan controller to slow down what you have until you can stand it. Usually it is a trade off between CFM and lower RPM.

Rethink your cooling setup. Are you really running a 980X with a stock Intel cooler? Do you need all 5 fans in your system? Are the fans installed correctly (flow direction)? I am currently making due with 2 120mm fans in my system. It had 5 at one time and it made only 2C difference when all was said and done.

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