You've got two 120mm fan mounting locations at the front of the case and one 120mm "TrueQuiet" fan (with two-speed switch) included at the rear (which you'll remove to install the Hydro H60 or H80i with its included fans). That should make it fairly straightforward to achieve positive pressure. Move the included fan to the front of the case or toss it in your spare parts bin. Install two 120x25mm fans at the front, and you should be okay. Use a power supply with a 120mm fan (e.g.: $95
for Pt, $88
for Au, $60
, $50 -10MIR
, $50 -20MIR
or $45 -20MIR
for Bronze). Mount it upside down to pull in air from the top and exhaust it out the rear without affecting air flow inside the case.
The result should be very similar to what I've got in the Temjin TJ08-E, except that you'll have 2x120mm fans at the front instead of 1x180mm.
The reviewer at Ars Technica doesn't understand quiet computing: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4730/ante ... ta-evolved
The NCIX guy here is just reading the box: http://store.antec.com/Product/enclosur ... 131-3.aspx
I suggest that you run your front fans off of of your motherboard's temperature controller without using the 2-speed adapter. The included Antec TrueQuiet 120
fan has the older 3-pin (TX3 = analog voltage control) connector rather than a newer 4-pin (PWM = pulse width modulation) connector. There are reports
of some new motherboards that have 4-pin PWM connections for chassis fans that aren't actually connected to PWM fan controllers.
Pick a pair of 120mm inlet fans that will work with your motherboard's chassis temperature controller. They'll probably run around 300 rpm while browsing the internet, but you'll want them to be capable of spinning at up to three times that speed while gaming. The 1000 rpm maximum rating of the TrueQuiet 120 is probably fast enough. You shouldn't need anything faster than 1500 rpm maximum. I'll suggest running your front fans off of a (3-pin TX3
or 4-pin PWM
) splitter so that they both spin at the same speed as the controller calls for more or less cooling.