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Windows 7: New to computer fans, how to choose the best one?


06 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
New to computer fans, how to choose the best one?

My computer is super loud, so I'm trying to find a fan. I did build my own computer. The problem is, I'm new to this fan thing. I don't know which fan to choose so that it will work on my computer. Is there a procedure you have to follow when picking a new fan or is it just random picking? It'll be great if you guys can help me pick a fan. Thanks in advance.

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08 Feb 2014   #2

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

A lot to consider when choosing a fan. Size is fairly standard, case fans run 80, 120, 140, 200 and up in mounting size. The fan RPM effects the CFM and noise level. Some designs have higher static pressure and are better for moving air thru radiators and heatsinks. You have 3 pin and 4 pin designs.

Start by reading here at Martinsliquidlab.org

Are you going to use a fan controller or the mobo and bios?
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08 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

your current computer could be loud as youve plugged all the fans directly into molex connectors causing them to run at 100% all the time. Investing in a cheap fan speed controller will give you the ability to turn the fans down to a level youre happy with.
Only fans plugged into the mother board are controlled based on rig temperature.
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08 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It would be very helpful if we had the complete specs of your computer.
1. What fans do you use now?
2. What speeds do the fans run at.
3. What fans are you wanting to replace? (Case fans, cpu fans ect.)
4. Are you having a cooling problem or just a noise problem?
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08 Feb 2014   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Smizack,
Welcome to SF. Many here use fan controllers to adjust fan speeds and noise. I prefer to install the most quiet fans I can lay my hands on and this is why I use only Noctua fans in sizes up to 140mm. That being said many other quality fans are available so read fan spec's for max RPM's and DB's.

Noctua.at - sound-optimised premium components "Designed in Austria"!

You can also install fan speed resistors and they are dirt cheap to slow and quiet your existing fans down.
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09 Feb 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It would be very helpful if we had the complete specs of your computer.
1. What fans do you use now?
2. What speeds do the fans run at.
3. What fans are you wanting to replace? (Case fans, cpu fans ect.)
4. Are you having a cooling problem or just a noise problem?
How can I check the speed of my fan?
I want to replace the cpu fans. I'm currently using the default heatsink.
Noise problem

I also have provided the specs of my computer


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09 Feb 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My fault. I should of posted these to help you.



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System Info - See Your System Specs


By Kari:
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09 Feb 2014   #8

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Smizack View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It would be very helpful if we had the complete specs of your computer.
1. What fans do you use now?
2. What speeds do the fans run at.
3. What fans are you wanting to replace? (Case fans, cpu fans ect.)
4. Are you having a cooling problem or just a noise problem?
How can I check the speed of my fan?
I want to replace the cpu fans. I'm currently using the default heatsink.
Noise problem

I also have provided the specs of my computer
The oem heatsink needs a lot of fan rpm to cool the cpu. You should replace the heatsink with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Plug the included PWM fan in to the cpu header and you should have a nice quiet system that runs at low temps.

If you plan on heavy gaming, OC'ing or benchmarking you may want to look at a h2o system.
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09 Feb 2014   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This will help do your monitoring. As always be careful of any extra add on's when downloading. They have a free and paid for program.

HWMonitor CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting

Their are some quality air cpu coolers but they do take a lot of room.
The one that comes to mind is the Noctua. Noctua fans are very very quiet.
Noctua.at - sound-optimised premium components "Designed in Austria"!

Now about water cooling.
It will take a game plan on your part and research to pick out what you want to do and how much you can spend.
Their are many AIO (one piece) water cooling system on the market. They work quiet well for many that do moderate over clocking and gaming. I have use the Corsair branded AIO with good luck.

For a build your own water cooling system; again it takes a lot of research.
It also takes more money and planning.
I personally wouldn't use a stock cpu cooler on any computer.
The noise of the fan and the lack luster cooling when I have tried them wasn't what I wanted.
If you interested take a look at My System Specs. This is what I chose and it works quiet well. It took several weeks of research and help from members here for me to decide.
Please keep in mind it will take proper quality case cooling for a cpu cooler to work at its best.
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09 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Smizack,
Welcome to SF. Many here use fan controllers to adjust fan speeds and noise. I prefer to install the most quiet fans I can lay my hands on and this is why I use only Noctua fans in sizes up to 140mm. That being said many other quality fans are available so read fan spec's for max RPM's and DB's.

Noctua.at - sound-optimised premium components "Designed in Austria"!

You can also install fan speed resistors and they are dirt cheap to slow and quiet your existing fans down.
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