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Panaflo "L1A's" are a fairly safe choice for a quiet fan.
Personally, I like Heatsinkfactory.com
as a source for L1A's. It's not the cheapest place but he carrys L1A's in all 3 sizes and almost always has them in stock. He also sells real inexpensive
Panaflo tails. It's a good place for "one stop shopping". I buy a lot of stuff from Heatsinkfactory.com and am very pleased with the service.
You can find deals on 80mm L1A's if you look around, but it's rare to find a deal on 120mm L1A's. Mostly you'll pay around $16-18 for a 120mm L1A. The average price for an 80mm L1A is probably around $7-9 but you can sometimes find them for $5 or so, on sale. Don't forget the tails though!
There's a guy in the classifieds selling an OEM version of the 120mm L1A for $2 each right now. That's a hell of a deal on a fan that I find is quieter than a regular L1A. It's tailed with a proprietary connector that you have to cut off and rewire with your own connector though. If you can handle that, those fans are a great alternative, price-wise and
performance-wise to a regular L1A.
other quiet fans though. In 80mm size the Nexus "Real Silent" fan comes to mind, in 120mm size you can choose from the easy to find Enermax adjustable ($16) or the fairly easy to find Evercool. The Nexus isn't very widely available but the two 120mm fans are easier to find than Panaflos and give the Panaflo 120mm a run for it's money. Use the "search" here in the forums to find more info on these fans, and quiet fans in general. There's tons
of conversations here about quiet fans, as you can well imagine.