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      08-20-2012 12:58 PM #1
      My Antec Three Hundred Two case comes with a 120mm & 140mm TwoCool fan and I installed 2 Coolermaster 120mm LED fans...

      My MoBo only has 4-pin connectors for the fans (if you want to board to control the fan)....

      So, right now, at their respective low speeds, it's quite loud.

      (my older overclocked Q6600 with the Asus P5K-Dlx, with its fan controller software, using 3-pin connections, are much quieter).

      So, anyone recommend any good PWM 120mm & 140mm fans? (LED's on the 120mm would be nice... not mandatory... I can always rice out the looks later)
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      08-20-2012 01:08 PM #2
      you can buy fan controllers that fit into the front of the case. You can manually adjust the speed of the fans.

      http://lifehacker.com/5866009/contro...-when-you-dont
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      08-20-2012 01:36 PM #3
      not really interested in external fan knobs.

      Can't do anything on the Bios, ie Asus' Qfan because I have an intel board, which requires the 4-pin PWM fan (like the CPU fan).
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      08-20-2012 02:22 PM #4
      Antec fans should have a 3 position switch so you can set them low speed. Top fan is 140mm on your case, right?

      I have this one on my heatsink, works good

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233045
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      08-20-2012 03:21 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Egilbe View Post
      Antec fans should have a 3 position switch so you can set them low speed. Top fan is 140mm on your case, right?

      I have this one on my heatsink, works good

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233045
      Antec TwoCool have a 2 position switch. It is on low right now.


      I'll have to consider the Xigmatek ones... the LEPA ones add up real quick
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      08-21-2012 09:25 AM #6
      I have a coolermaster fan on my CPU HS. It came with a PCI slot controller rheostat. Frozen CPU has some for sale.

      http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g34/...ers-Page1.html

      Lian Li is a 3 fan controller, all go at same set speed.

      The sunbeam one is a rheostat for 2 fans at same set speed.

      When I click mine all the way down to "off" it still spins the fan at an inaudible speed and keeps my overclocked e4300 @ 3.3ghz at 40c idle and under 65c at full load. This is on a very old Tt Big Typhoon that is 5+ years old.
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      08-21-2012 01:16 PM #7
      Zalman makes an internal controller for adjusting fan speed. They work great. http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/...te2_cable.html

      That same site also has a large selection of known quiet fans.
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      08-21-2012 09:25 PM #8
      Having your exact case, OP, I feel compelled to reply.

      I use 2 of these fans in push-pull configuration on my CPU cooler to great effect, with a third PWM fan (a Xigmatek that came with the CPU heatsink) on my behind-the-motherboard 120mm mount: http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0322507

      They are very quiet in low-speed mode (can't hear them over my HDDs) and move a lot of air in high-speed mode.

      FWIW, OP, I am using variations on Antec's Tri-Cool and Two-Cool fans for the front 120mm intakes, side 120mm intake (GPU intake), and the default 120mm and 140mm exhaust fans to great effect: with a 3-way PWM splitter for my CPU cooler setup, I have my i7 920 d0 oc'ed to 4.2ghz on air @ ~1.35v. Under full load (as in Prime95 stress-testing) my CPU temps don't pass 75C (Bloomfield-series chips can go past 80c without any ill effect); while gaming I rarely see >65C temps. My GTX 680 never passes 60C.

      Given the low price, availability, performance, and silence of the Cooler Masters I highly recommend them.
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      08-22-2012 09:36 AM #9
      I use this to control all the fans in my system, works great and looks the part (even matches the brushed finish on my Corsair case)

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      08-22-2012 01:33 PM #10
      thanks for all the suggestions

      I ended up ordering:
      (2) XIGMATEK Cooling System XLF XLF-F1255, white LED up front
      (1) LEPA VORTEX 14 PWM (LPVX14P) 140mm Case Fan for the top
      (1) Enermax T.B.SILENCE 120mm PWM Twister Fan for the rear

      the local Microcenter... the case fan area is extremely unorganized.....
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