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a question about computer case fans.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by blackecho, Jan 31, 2004.

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  1. blackecho

    blackecho Thread Starter

    Oct 27, 2003
    i am wanting to purchase an extra fan for my computer, but the thing is, i don't know what kind of fan to get or how to hook and or plug them up. any ideas or suggestions or links? i already have a really good power supply fan and cpu fan but i need to get one just to circulate air around inside the case. Thankxz!
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    If your computer is fairly recent, you probably have a secondary fan connector, or perhaps two. If you want one additional fan, the preferred location is high in the rear exhausting air. If you connect it to the MB connector, you can also monitor it's speed and even control the speed for sound moderation if full speed is not needed. A standard 80mm fan is the most common size.
  3. John Sparkman

    John Sparkman

    Apr 4, 2001
    Just one thing to add to what johnwill had to say.
    Get a fan with "Ball" type bearings and not the "sleave" type bearings. The fans that use ball bearings last longer and are quieter.

  4. dannyboyfx


    Nov 19, 2003
    fans will either have a connection with 2-4 prongs in it, the conncector will look like the one going to the floppy drive except smaller.
  5. iamnafets


    Dec 24, 2003
    Might I suggest bringing a fan that fits into the connector with you to the store? Also, measure out the size of fan that can fit your case. Buy the biggest, lowest RPM fan that both connects to your motherboard and fits in your case. That's all there is to it!
  6. McTimson


    Aug 15, 2002
    Well, if your motherboard doesn't have any more fan headers, you can just get a simple 3 pin to 4 pin adapter, and plug into a molex connector from ypur power supply. You could even make one yourself if you felt like it...the only disadvatage to this is that you don't get the RPM monitoring feature of many fans.
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