Hello everyone i'm a newcomemr here and i need some advice on fan related stuff.
Hi and Welcome to SPCR!!!!
First of all the setup i've built is on a Fractal Design Node 304.
Im guessing your already built it, it will be very useful if you could list the rest of the components, cpu, if you are using a dedicated gpu, how many hdds are you using, etc.
I'm thinking on putting 2 92mm nexus fans in the front and a Phanteks PH-F140HP/TS on the back as case fans.
If you already tried the included fans and you didnt like them, then look into Nexus 92 and Noctua NF-B9 (there are pwm versions and 3pin). For the back, there are tons of options, check First 140 mm Fan Roundup: Noctua, Phanteks, Xigmatek
and Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scythe
, among the best fans there you will find the phanteks you want and Antec 140 True Quiet and Antec TwoCool 140. But it really depends on how you plan to control them, i like a lot noctuas NF-A14 PWM and NF-A15 PWM, specially for pure PWM fan control, they drop extremly low and very quiet at low rpms, but if i were to go with software (like FanXpert2 or Speedfan), then i would probably go with antecs or phantek.
For CPU colling i'm thinking on going for a Scythe big shuriken 2 rev. b , the reason i'm going with this one and not the the noctua nh-l12 its because i have an asrock fm2a85x-itx motherboard which does not accept most backplates but i've seen in an XBMC forum a user with the shuriken on that mobo so i'm guessing it fits.
As boost already pointed out, the NODE 305 can accept very tall heatsinks, and imo this is its biggest strength over other form factor cases, and i think you should take the advantage of it, check OCN [Official] Fractal Design Node 304 Owners Club
for some builds and ideas into what you can fit on it.
Now for the questions, do you guys think the fan on the scythe is good enough or do i have some space for improvement? And also i have a CX430m PSU from corsair which does a nice job but the fan seems to be one of those cheap ones that rattle from time to time at low RPM, Corsair will not trade the PSU as it is functioning perfectly so in the near future if the rattling gets too annoying do you guys have any recommendations for a replacement fan for that PSU?
I would go with the scythe on other smaller builds, but for me a bigger tower will allow you to spind down the fans even more and end up with better temps, etc. On the PSU, i will depend on the rest of you components, but two that you should look into are Seasonic 360W 80PLUS Gold ATX12V Power Supply SSR-360GP
, reviewed by SPCR Seasonic G360 PSU: High efficiency & performance, low price
, as long as you dont loaded to much should be quiet, or since you like Corsair, look into their just released line, that they are marketing that its their most quiet PSU, and no coil or electric noise.... Corsair RM Series 450-Watt ATX/EPS 80PLUS Gold-Certified Power Supply CP-9020066-NA
, fully modular (G360 is not), there are other versions depending on your needs.
Check the following thread Asrock FM2A85X-ITX - the ultimate FM2 ITX mobo to lust for?
, is mostly about your motherboard, so you might be able to get ideas, specially the post from nilssab
, where he installs a mugen 3 on it. SPCR recently reviewed the new iteration of it, Scythe Mugen 4 CPU Cooler: Scythe Strikes Back
, cross check that mounting bracket would work with the motherboard (im guessing it will but up to you to cross check this). Scythe USA suppose to reopen very soon, so we should have availability of their products.