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Windows 7: Do I need case fans? Opinions on this system?

02 Dec 2011   #1
tex50

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Do I need case fans? Opinions on this system?

Building this system this weekend. Not much gaming, have gpu fan, cpu fan. Do I really need case fans? Case doesn't come with fans. I am old and hate excess noise!

Thermaltake V2 ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair 500wt system builder psu
GIGABYTE M68MT nForce 630a Socket AM3 Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.80GHz Six Core Processor
Patriot 4GB DDR3-1333MHz G2 Desktop Memory Module x 2
Seagate 1tb 7200 drive
Lite-On Internal 24X DVD Writer
Win7 ultimate

Honest opinions appreciated.


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02 Dec 2011   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

At the very least, a rear exhaust.

There are plenty of quiet fans available. Some even include resistors so they run @ 5v or 7V to lower the RPM and are virtually inaudible.
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02 Dec 2011   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I always have at least 1 exhaust fan mounted in the top or the upper back of the case.

Are you dead set on this case? I'd recommend spending $59 on the Antec 300 with Free Shipping from NewEgg;
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

It has 2 exhaust case fans and dust filters in the front. They are built very well.
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02 Dec 2011   #4
tex50

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I always have at least 1 exhaust fan mounted in the top or the upper back of the case.

Are you dead set on this case? I'd recommend spending $59 on the Antec 300 with Free Shipping from NewEgg;
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

It has 2 exhaust case fans and dust filters in the front. They are built very well.
Part of a barebones package deal.. Limited funds for this. Have better power supply (almost new) from my old system. Also have fans from old system but don't want to use them if not needed.
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02 Dec 2011   #5
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

Get fans with built in speed controller like antec 3 speed fans, or noctua fans which have a voltage resistance able which lowers fan speed and obviously fan noise

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02 Dec 2011   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
Get fans with built in speed controller like antec 3 speed fans, or noctua fans
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tex50 View Post
Limited funds for this.
Rules out noctuas
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02 Dec 2011   #7
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

They're only like 15 in the UK so I bet they will be even cheaper in $ as the exchange rate plus import tax never goes our way
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02 Dec 2011   #8
Biker

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

from what I see you could mount two 80mm to the rear panel, add one each to both fans a 1 watt adjustable power resistor connected to the 12v or 7v source and adj speed of fan for proper noise level, better then no fan at all. you could just use also one adj power resistor but the watt's handling needs to be higher or it will get warmer running both fans at slower speeds. 80mm do have high noise levels.
Or add a 120mm to the side panel; even if its for 80mm, then add a adj power resistor to control speed
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02 Dec 2011   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

I agree - you should at least have one exhaust fan, ideally mounted at the back of the case. It serves to draw cooler air into the case as well as expelling the warm air generated by the GPU and CPU fans, out of the case.

A simple trick to quieting the fan is to reverse the 5v and 12v lines using a molex to half the RPM of the fan. The larger the fan, the more volume of air it will move at lower RPM's, compared to a smaller fan.

Regards,
Golden
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02 Dec 2011   #10
tex50

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks to all. Appreciate your input. Going to mount the fans and monitor the temps. If I need them they are there. If I don't I'll just disconnect.
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