The Best Case Fans
Now that your computer is nearing completion, there are only a few loose ends to tie up. The next few components that you need will complete the building process. In this article, we will once again turn to cooling the computer. As you have seen in the previous article related to installing a heatsink and CPU fan, and the article on choosing a power supply with a fan, cooling seems to be important for a computer.
Cooling is perhaps one of the most important aspects to building a reliable, well functioning computer. Cooling requires some thoughtful consideration. Luckily, most cooling components are not costly and the difference between a low quality cooling fan and the best case fan is usually only a couple of dollars difference in terms of price.
This particular article will deal with selecting a proper case fan for your computer. The case fan attaches directly to your computer case and usually expels air through the rear of the case. Most cases can hold more than one case fan. Usually a case has an additional attachment point for a case fan in the front of the system. This fan is usually used to intake cool air.
Before choosing a case fan, you must first determine how many fans your case will allow you to use and how many connection points are available on the motherboard to plug in the fans. Most motherboards will allow up to two case fans and most cases have at least two fan attachment points. I recommend taking advantage of a two fan setup if your system allows you to. Finally, you will have to look at the case recommendations for fan sizes. Most cases will take either 80mm fans or 120mm fans.
Case fan are rated similar to a CPU fan. They are rated by airflow in CFM, and noise level in db or sones. There is always a trade off between airflow and noise level. The more air that the fan moves, the louder it will be. Therefore, I recommend selecting a middle ground.
Find a fan that moves enough air while also remaining fairly quiet. You will probably be satisfied sound wise with a fan that has a db level of 20 or less. So look for a fan under 20 db in sound that moves the most air. If you require an extremely quiet computer, select a fan with a db rating under 15 db.
The best case fans are fairly cheap. They range in price from about $10 to $20. The price difference between the best offerings and the worst offerings are minimal so don’t try to save money here. A quality fan will last a long time, will properly cool your computer, and will provide you with a low sound level.
The only components left for your computer build are hard drives, optical drives, and peripherals. The process is almost complete. Follow along to finish building your own computer. The process is bother rewarding and exciting and the finish is in sight.
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