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So the fan on my XT-964 is kicking the bucket. I got a CPU fan error on POST, so it's powered down, waiting for a new one. It's a bad time for that to be the case, as this is the end of the school year, and I'm a teacher. I'm drawing a blank on picking one, so if anyone can recommend me one ASAP, I'll order it now. Even better if I can order one via Amazon Prime.

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Noctua A9 PWM or FLX

PWM will give you the option for lower speeds and thus quieter idle operations. FLX will play friendly with a standard fan controller if you don't use your motherboards PWM header. Expensive fans but will last quite awhile.

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Arctic F9 PWM is also an option, 2BB so a bit noisier and overall not as good of a design for heatsink use. Airflow will drop more at lower speeds when obstructed by the fins of the heatsink so to retain better idle temps the speed will need to ramp up more than the Noctua would. It is half the price though. The PST thing is just a PWM splitter built into the cable which allows you to link multiple fans to the "speed" channel of of a PWM header so the PWM controller on a board can tell all the fans to spin at the same speed. Not really as useful as it sounds though, as multiple fans of multiple sizes and different PWM controllers will interpret that information differently and you don't get the unified experience they talk about in the marketing.
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Those are all lower CFM than the original fan, do you think they will be sufficient?

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It seems that all the mid-range 90-92mm fans have disappeared from the market, probably due to things moving to 120mm+. Is this BGears any good? It's 4db louder than the existing one, but I think I can live with that. This Lian-Li is so huge that it seems to contain a lot of noise.

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2BB and those plastic materials means it will be noisy as hell unfortunately. Design wise it doesn't look to be awful by any means.
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Okay. I'll order the A9 PWM. I think if I really need to, I can get a second one and mount it on the other side of the heatsink to help with cooling.

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Okay. I'll order the A9 PWM. I think if I really need to, I can get a second one and mount it on the other side of the heatsink to help with cooling.
Adam, if you ever need to, you would be better off a larger, more effective cooler. IMHO, of course.
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Adam, if you ever need to, you would be better off a larger, more effective cooler. IMHO, of course.
Would if I could find one in a similar price range. But it's a bad time for me right now. I'm a licensed special education teacher, and I have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet.

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The Hyper 212 LED is ~$20, so it's only a small portion more. It's a very competent, just a bit on the noisy side.
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The Hyper 212 LED is ~$20, so it's only a small portion more. It's a very competent, just a bit on the noisy side.
That looks very tempting. The version without LEDs is $25, which I can swing. Or, I could just snip the negative leads to the LEDs and save $5. At only 2db Louder than the old one, I can live with the noise level. Thanks again for the suggestion!

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