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Quietest Case Fans?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Kendo Nagasaki, 25 Jan 2006.

  1. Kendo Nagasaki

    Gangster

    Joined: 11 Aug 2005

    Posts: 376

    Location: UK

    I have a Lian-Li PC-60 Plus case and i'm looking to replace the fans in my system as its too noisy.

    The fans I have are:

    - 1 80mm rear case fan;
    - 1 80mm top case fan;
    - 1 120mm front (HDD) case fan;
    - 1 fan on Leadtek 7800GT Graphics card;
    - 1 CPU cooler fan - Zalman CNPS9500-LED;
    - 1 fan on DFI LanParty UT NF4 SLI-D motherboard;
    - 1 Hiper HPU-4K580-MK Type R 580W PSU.

    It is my first build and i'd like to replace the case fans to help reduce the noise. Can anyone suggest which fans are the quietest to use - LED fans would be a bonus but i want it to be as quiet as possible.

    Or is there anyother alternatives?

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: 25 Jan 2006
  2. hogfather

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    Akasa ambers are among the very quietest - 120mm and 80mm variants push a lot of air too.

    Nexus Silenx are a bit pricier, but also a little quieter - I have a 60mm one and its silent, but not pushing much air.

    In my opinion the ambers are the best all-rounders.
     
  3. alexakasloth

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    I agree, ambers are good. The fan on your graphics card is probably pretty noisy aswell. Check to see if it is.
     
  4. DannyW

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 31 Dec 2005

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    Im after some quiter case fans, got 2 at the front and 1 at the back 80mm.

    Also the Leadtek card is near silent... i cant really hear mine, and it doesnt seem to get loud on games either, still runs games under 60* aswell.
     
  5. Roll

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Apr 2004

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    Agree with others, the Akasa (Amber) Quiet fans probably give the best price/noise balance.

    Sure there are others around which are even quieter, but you'll have to pay a lot more for them than the Akasas.
     
  6. pcoltrane

    Hitman

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    If you want the ultimate quiet fan you want to go Nexus. Both the 120mm and 92mm fans they do are exceptional.
     
  7. hogfather

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    The 60mm nexus is also unbelieveable - spins so fast yet silent. Pricey though :/
     
  8. pabloB

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    Indeed they are, see this exciting thread discussion
     
  9. sunnpat

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    you may find that your CPU fan will be the loudest. I just put in two Akasa Ambers and they are damn quiet. I am still trying to fiddle around with my Zalman 7700 to reduce the noise.
    May be worth while to get a fan controller. That way when you are gaming etc.. you can turn them up and when you need silence just turn them back down.

    Just an Idea
     
  10. Legless

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    I use the Akasa Amber fans, 120mm & 80mm fans, and find them very quiet... :)
     
  11. kbc

    Wise Guy

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    You have a good amount of fans in your case also I heard the DFI chipset fans are pretty loud. 80mm fans are noisier than the 120mm ones in most cases... I'm using Akasa Amber 120mm fans myself, pretty quiet I guess...

    ... But that's drowned out by my 90 decibels graphics card fan... :D

    New cooler needed I think.
     
  12. n3x

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    Location: Surrey

    yeah i bought some 120mm ambers to replace the antec fans in my lanboy, cant really hear much of a differece tbh, maybe very slightly quieter but they do push abit more air through the case which is nice... im gonna get myself a fan controller as most of the noise isnt the fans themselves but the air rushing past the vent holes in the front of the case!
     
  13. farooqm

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    Joined: 5 Dec 2005

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    Location: West Midlands

    Yep,
    1. Akasa Amber Case Fans...
    2. Arctic Cooler for you GPU
    3. Not sure if you can change your DFI chipset cooler for a Zalman Passive Cipset Cooler.

    If you can change the above 3 you'll certainly quieten the overall noise down quite a bit and not cost you tooo much.