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  1. Radical_Edward

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    Okay, here's my "need" to buy list for my set up currently.

    600W-700W PSU (With some help I've chosen this one.)

    New ATI card. I'm looking for the best I can get in my budget. I was looking at a 4850 from XFX, but with prices where they are at for some of the newer cards, I'm unsure what to get. (I'd prefer XFX over any other brand.)

    A 80mm fan to replace my slowly dying evercool one in my case, I'm currently looking at a Rosewill one.

    A 120mm fan to replace my "loud" Rexus NMB fan in my case, I'm currently looking at a Rosewill one.

    Currently my cart totals to $223.02

    I'd like to spend a max of $250

    If anyone could be of any help with this, it'd be awesome. Thank you.
     
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    Power supply sounds good, you can consider 5770 for graphics card. I can't recommend any fans to you, so you will have to wait for others.
     
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    get yourself a 5770 - the 4850 is seriously outdated. the 5770 will run cooler. quieter & will overclock like a wet dream.

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    as for the 80mm fan - have you tried putting a little 3in1 oil on the bearing? Ive you've had that fan going for over a year or 2 but still wana keep it good - grease it up a little. heres a little guide old fans will run a little quieter & little faster with the grease so its all good. unless the fan is really really dying.

    120mm fan - that rosewill ones not too bad but at 29.28dBA - this fan is not silent.

    Coolermaster fan

    Akasa FN-055

    there are different colours available for the Akasa
     
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    The 5770 will be about $20 more, so it's still within your budget. Don't know about fans except that Noctua have some solid ones, but they might be a bit pricey.
     
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    Okay, I've added this 5770 to my cart. (Put me at $251.10 shipped, that's fine.)

    I've greased the 80mm just the other day, it's the second time I've had to in at least three months.

    I've had one of the Rosewill 120mm fans before, it's quieter than the Rexus, and that's all that matters.

    As for that 120mm Cooler Master fan, I have one for exhaust, due to the fact that blocking(even a little) of the airflow in front of them seems to give them a wind tunnel type noise. Although I really love how they look...
     
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    what case do you have? is it the CM stacker in your spec??

    secondly - why would you be obstructing the rear fan??
     
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    I have a CM 690.

    It wasn't a rear fan at first, I HAD it set up as intake. The NMB fan I plan on replacing is a intake fan thou.
     
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    Your current 400W would be fine with a 5770.
     
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    I have other plans for my set up, so I need a new PSU. (3 more HDDs, a fan controller, most likely a new Motherboard and CPU in not too long. As well as more RAM.)
     
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    Were is the 80mm fan? I would just go all 120mm. 120 moves more air at lower rotations, not all but most over a 80mm fan, which means you could get much quieter fans but better temps due to more cool air being pulled into the case. Could you post a pic of your 690 setup?
     
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    The 80mm is in the 80mm mount, on the right side of the case.

    Photos can be seen here.
     
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    Depending on the cpu choice, you would still be fine.
     
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    I myself would get rid of the 80mm fans and replace them with some 120mm.
     
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    Umm... I did.

    If you scroll down to the bottom of the thread, there's only one 80mm fan left, and it's in a 80mm ONLY fan mount. If I could replace it with a 120mm I would, but I'd rather not chance screwing up the mount/messing with all the cables on the right side of the case.

    Jr, I have alot of plans with this rig, and I'd rather be on the safe side, than be lacking power once things start aging, etc.
     
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    If your gonna replace most of the fans anyway & get a fan controller - get some of the Akasa FN-055's

    1200 rpm
    38.4 CFM
    17.5 dB

    at that speed with a few of them going it would be pretty silent. dont forget they come in different colours too so if white doesnt suit - you can get blue, green or multi colored ones.

    If i could replace all 4 120mm fans in my 902 - first choice would be the Akasa's because their cheap, their silent, look good & move a decent amount of air.

    all i got is the 3 noisey Antec tri cools & 1 random orange fan that came with my Thermaltake Big Typhoon back in the day venting cool air on my crossfired 4870s
     
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    Only have one fan to replace 120mm wise, as I recently bought some coolermaster ones for pretty cheap, and I don't need LED fans in the top of my case of all places.

    Also, as Newegg doesn't have the Akasa fans, I won't be ordering any of those, as my order is already planned for there anyways.

    Edit- For those of you that wanted photos but don't want to look in the other thread...

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    The 120mm fan I'm replacing is this one, in the front of my case.

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    The 80mm fan I'm replacing is this one, on the right hand side of my case.

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    I gave up on that 80mm fan after replacing the 1st one I bought twice. Every single manufacturer I tried would start giving me problems after 3-4 months(either get noisy or just not spin at all). Plus it was just another spot/fan to clean after awhile.
     
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    Personally id just take that 80mm off & not bother with it as it does very little. all the hot components are out in front where the cpu & graphics card are - your already running with 4 120mm fans so theres no need to worry about your system overheating.

    just get rid of the 80mm its a waste of power, noise & totally unnecessary. there might be a place to attach a fan there but that dont mean you NEED to attach one there.
     
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    I understand that, you can just save up longer and get an even better one. That's all I mean.
     
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    I'll think about it, but as it actually helps my temps, I'd rather keep a fan there.

    Ah, well thanks for the advice Jr.
     
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    & what are your temps? a cool CPU is always the best cpu but if you got that 80mm there & it only knocks 5'c off when your temperatures are already within satisfactory levels is still not worth it. not unless you are overvolting/overclocking.

    with the power you save running that fan. you could probably put off buying a more powerful PSU to a late date. just put in a new graphics card (or soundcard since i see your still using onboard sound) to start off with.
     

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