I just got a new case that holds 1 120mm fan in the front and 1 120mm fan in the back... I'm not liking the fans that the case came with so I wanted to know what are some good 120mm fans that have high cfm and low dba?
Hey DoNuTjC, I have the same case (D8000 from Coolcases). Very nice. I have the JMC that Jim put it for me at the front, and an Enermax Ultra-Cool at the back for exhaust. I've undervolted both to 7V and they are both very quiet.
The Enermax has built in speed control. I bought a Zalman Fanmate with a 4-pin to 3-pin adapter for the JMC. But any speed control device will work. In fact most motherboards now-a-days have fan speed monitoring built in.
Or you can get a 2 pack - 10W 10 ohm resistors for $1.49 from radio shack and try different series parallel combinations in series with the 12V lead. That drops the voltage to 10-11V which takes the edge off the whining but keeps the air flow pretty high.
Or Vantec has a really cool (blue leds behind the adjustment pots) 4 channel fan speed controller that fits in a 5.25 inch bay. You can individually adjust up to 4 fans off of it (including the CPU). About $25.
But looking at your case I'm not sure it's the fans. It looks like the air holes in the front grill (plastic and metal) aren't large enough to let a good airflow in. I had a case like that and after taking a dremel tool to the air slots internal temp's dropped about 8 deg C. Then I got sick of looking at the hacked up mess and bought a case with nice big air inlet slots. And dropped the system temp another 7 deg C.
Originally posted by LeeJend Or you can get a 2 pack - 10W 10 ohm resistors for $1.49 from radio shack and try different series parallel combinations in series with the 12V lead. That drops the voltage to 10-11V which takes the edge off the whining but keeps the air flow pretty high.
That's what those speed control devices that I mentioned are. They're just variable ohm resistors with manual adjuster knobs. Easier to work with for people who aren't comfortable messing with the wiring. But either one you choose will have the same effect, DoNuTjC.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS