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Case fans: Brand-name vs ebay/no-name.


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#1 ozzynotwood

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 08:57 PM

Hi everyone.

 

I can save a good amount of money by buying case fans from eBay for a new build.

 

Which statement would be most accurate?

 

"Brand names are much higher quality"

or

"Both are the same quality & you just pay more for a brand name?"

 

Please educate me, even if you have something to offer outside of the statements above.

 

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 09:15 PM

I think they balance out $ wise, good ones last longer but cost more.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 09:26 PM

You are going to get every possible range of response to a query like this.

 

I would say that your range options need to be a bit more nuanced, too.  Like any product it is *possible* for either a brand name or a no-name to be "much higher quality."  I do not know how you would judge this for a case fan other than on the stated specs regarding construction.

 

Very often, though certainly not always, there is little to no difference between brand name and no name items and there are times they're the same item.  Most electronic components are marketed under a number of brand names, and are manufactured to spec by the lowest bidder, and that lowest bidder is seldom forbidden from selling provided they do not reveal the relationship between their wares and those sold by the companies who have had them manufacture for them.  Brand names do have reputations to protect and don't tend to wish to have them tarnished by ever marketing substandard materials, but we all know that ever once in a while that does happen (and often not through their fault, but due to fraud by the actual device manufacturer).

 

There is also the distinct possibility that a no name could be anything from adequate and probably long-lived, though not quite as good as a brand name, all the way down to complete and utter crap.

 

My approach is generally cost based when it comes to items that provide specs and where replacing them, should it come to that, is relatively easy.  A case fan falls into that category.  When it comes to anything that requires a lot of effort in order to replace, the equation changes, but only somewhat.  I won't risk buying something that I suspect could likely fail under any circumstances.  That still doesn't mean I'd go for top of the line, either.

 

You do your research on what the product purports to be, you pays your money, and you takes your chances!  [And that's throughout the cost and name range.]


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:05 PM

Well who said you have to spend a lot of money on fans?

And no i dont mean by dodgy ones you find on ebay.

What sized are you looking for? how many?

One can score some decent ones for around $10 to 15 a pop


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:35 PM

Well who said you have to spend a lot of money on fans?

And no i dont mean by dodgy ones you find on ebay.

What sized are you looking for? how many?

One can score some decent ones for around $10 to 15 a pop

 

I'm undecided but the case is going to be the Thermaltake Core X9 so I think it will need a few fans to get the air flowing.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:39 PM

Did you commit already to that case or are you still choosing?

Any reason why you are considering that case?

Are you doing some sort of threadripper or i9 build?


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 12:10 AM

Did you commit already to that case or are you still choosing?

Any reason why you are considering that case?

Are you doing some sort of threadripper or i9 build?

Did you commit already to that case or are you still choosing?

It's in my shopping cart, I'm open to other options until I hand over my credit card.

 

Any reason why you are considering that case?

Airflow, more space for maintence/upgrades.

 

Are you doing some sort of threadripper or i9 build?

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:58 AM

my case came with 4 x 120mm fans installed.....look for a case that includes them....its much easier



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 07:37 AM

 

Did you commit already to that case or are you still choosing?

Any reason why you are considering that case?

Are you doing some sort of threadripper or i9 build?

Did you commit already to that case or are you still choosing?

It's in my shopping cart, I'm open to other options until I hand over my credit card.

 

Any reason why you are considering that case?

Airflow, more space for maintence/upgrades.

 

Are you doing some sort of threadripper or i9 build?

i7 8700K, 16gb RAM, 2nd apps only, just future-proofing myself. Did this with the last build a& got a sold 8 years out of it. I multi task alot & I like everything to be fast & responsive.

 

 

 

Eh the Thermaltake Core X9 is way overkill for that.

Plenty of great high airflow cases out there that are cheaper and as for space for upgrades and such most standard cases can do that

If you want a good and mostly affordable case that is great for airflow I recommend the Fractal Design Meshify C, plenty of room in that case for large GPU's.

Granted the meshify C doesnt support a lot of hard drives but how many are you planning to use?

If you need something that supports a lot of hard drives the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M is a good option

 

If you were building a threadripper system then the x9 is a great option but you are only using a i7 no need to gio crazy on EATX


Edited by MadmanRB, 07 August 2018 - 07:39 AM.

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