Looking for a new case fan

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Posted 1st May
I bought a PC Specialist PC a while back with a Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 120 (coolermaster.com/cat…20/) fitted for the CPU, however the fan on it has a faulty ball bearing on it. I got a partial refund for the problem so I can go source my own fan rather than returning the whole PC as it was a bargain (thanks currys ebay).

I still want it to be quiet and work as effective as this one, but not cost as much as getting a whole new cooler (since you cannot buy the fan separately.. .I think?)

Any recommendations? I looked on Quiet PC for some but not sure which one is similar in performance and being similar noise/lower.

Thanks!
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The fan looks like standard 120mm case fan to me.

I have Arctic Freezer case fan, they are quiet enough for me.
I have a Noctua fan which I use for my CPU cooler and the thing is so so silent that you can barely even hear a hum.
Have a look into it.
Many case fans won't be an ideal choice for this situation.

Case fans are generally designed for moving a large volume of air against little resistance and won't push air through the narrow air passages of a radiator very well. Instead you want a high pressure fan, which will move less air in the open but more air through a radiator.

It looks like the closed loop cooler uses a 4-pin fan so while your motherboard may support 3-pin ones as well it's safest to go for a PWM one.

Looking at Quiet PC they sell the Noctua range and I believe the P models are their pressure-focused designs. Noctua are obviously expensive though I don't know what the popular mainstream choice is at the moment though.

I wouldn't worry too much about noise as most 120mm fans are quiet and a closed loop cooler that produces pump noise is unlikely to have bundled a particularly quiet one.
Thanks all!

I didn't want a standard 120mm case fan due to the flow of air concerns but the Pure Wings 2 looked good till I saw it was 3 pin! I need it to be 4-pin though due to the motherboard.

The couple recommendations fro Noctua seem to be right up my street, was hoping to find some cheaper ones though! I really shouldn't think about noise considering its a cooler master case anyway with 3 mahoosive 3 RGB fans in the front!
Any reason you think you need 4 pin? I have a Corsair H115 and that was supplied with 2 3 pin fans. I have no problems with it and it's extremely quiet.
Danze198401/05/2020 21:19

Any reason you think you need 4 pin? I have a Corsair H115 and that was …Any reason you think you need 4 pin? I have a Corsair H115 and that was supplied with 2 3 pin fans. I have no problems with it and it's extremely quiet.


The existing one us for pin and the is a space on the motherboard that specified its a cpu fan so I need it for that slot for its control of the speed depending on temperature I think
So narrowed it down to the following: -
Arctic F12 120mm Temperature Controlled PWM Case Fan - scan.co.uk/pro…fan
Arctic BioniX 120mm Red F120 PWM Gaming Fan - scan.co.uk/pro…red

Seen the latter in green/yellow for £8.99 in amazon, so might just get that as the scan website doesn't say the 4.99 is PWM on it's spec... will check that out elsewhere though!
Max-Power02/05/2020 08:05

The existing one us for pin and the is a space on the motherboard that …The existing one us for pin and the is a space on the motherboard that specified its a cpu fan so I need it for that slot for its control of the speed depending on temperature I think


Ah, mine plugs into a usb header and controls the fan through software.

The one I linked has a PWM version anyway. amazon.co.uk/Be-…8-6 as you can tell by their name, they aim to be the quietest, and they succeed.
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