Updating computer, need new coolers, help!

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I'm updating my computer and since I know nothing about cooling I need some help with fans. Here are the upcoming specs.

Antec True Power 380W
MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ boxed
Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
768MB Ram
2 HD's, 2 cd roms.

Now, I have a big ATX housing (Aopen HQ08) and I guess it has 5 slots for case fans. In the lower section (where motherboard and all cards are) there is one little "plastic cage" at the front, I guess that's a place for a 80x80 fan and on the back there are 2 slots for 60x60 case fans.

In the upper level there are two 80x80 case fan slots just above power supply.

So I think I could install one fan to the slot in the front to blow air inside and at least one 60x60 fan at the back to blow warm air out, maybe 2. Not sure if I need fans "upstairs" since I get the power supply blowing there.

What do you think about this? Any suggestions for fans that I should check out? Thanks!
 
Strange to see 60mm fans in the rear, thats sort of out of the ordinary. I personally don't think you can have to many fans.

Defaintly put good fans on the rear. I have found that a fan blowing in down near the video card tends to drop my video card temps considerably.

Never hurts to expeirment though, as every case is different, try moving the fans around into differnt locations, as both intake and exhuast, and watch your temps to see what works best.


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I personally bought 8 of these. You can click on my signature link to see pictures of them in the case. You can leave the thermal controller on, or if you cut it off the fan will run at low speed all the time, making it one the quietest fans you can find. If you splice the wires together it will run at make speed all the time, moving some serious air.

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Most people speak highly of the Panoflow fans. They are known to be high quality and relatively quiet.

For me I have always just bought any fan, in my opinion a fan is a fan, and if you only spend a couple of bucks on it, you aren't out much if you have to replace it a couple of years later. I have (knock on wood), yet to have a fan die on me.

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Thanks for your help! I was thinking about buying one 80x80 to the front to blow air inside and with an adapter put one 80x80 to one of the 60x60 slots (don't know if it can fit there though) to blow air outside. Or maybe but two 60x60 fans. Then prolly one 80x80 fan upstairs to blow air outside.

And you are right, they are pretty cheap so replacing a bad one is not a big problem and I think most of them do the work. Doesn't really matter if it's a bit noisy since my comp is not usually running 24/7. Thanks!