Computer Build — Part #8 — Fans

There are a ton of opinions and options when it comes to Fan choices for your computer. There are expensive ones and there are economical ones. It all depends on what you want and what your budget can allow. There are two major types of fans in the Computer-fan world. First, there is what’s called a Static Pressure (SP) fan. Essentially, these are for placing up against something (heatsink, radiators, etc) to push the air through. The other type of fan is commonly referred to as Air Flow (AF) fans designed for more open spaces like Computer Case wall openings.

ek-vardar-140I went with two main choices in this build. First, I chose to use two expensive fans for the main exhaust out the top of the machine. The photo on the right is an EK-Vardar High Static F3 120mm Cooling Fan, from EKWB. They are well known for their dependability and quietness, but at $25 a piece, I should hope so. Granted, they are slick looking and do run extra quiet, even at high RPM’s. I installed them in the top of my case and together, they make the overall look of the computer have a professional and high-quality look. IMG_4274Anyone who knows their computer fans also knows that these are a bit like the sports car of the computer fan world – but I don’t think any of my friends are that advanced with computer fan knowledge. Here’s a look at the top of the computer.

Secondarily, and primarily for budgeting reasons, I purchased 4 Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition Fans. These fans are much more reasonable in price (about half the price) and usually come in a twin pack – so I ordered 2-twin packs (4 total) from Amazon for about $50 total. They also come with interchangeable colored rings that can coincide with the case color – but I just use the white ones so if I change out the LED’s one day, they will still match.

IMG_0845Lastly, there were two clear-plastic (blue LED) fans that came with my case. They were installed in the front and back of the case, but when I installed the purchased ones, I took those out. Then my CPU Cooler-Master arrived. I got looking at it and realized that there was room for two 120mm fans on the sides of the Heatsink. So, I took those two, clear, blue-LED fans and snapped them onto the Heatsink – pointing them to the rear Corsair exhaust fan. They are probably the loudest of them all, but they do push the heat out of the case and into the room. I might end up buying some High Static ones for this eventually, but the added light in the case is welcome – and like I said, they get the job done.

Next Week: Hard Drives & RAID Options

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Computer Build — Part #7 — RAM

1902733With my computer build, I wanted to be able to expand the RAM option should I ever think that I needed to up my “game.” I decided to start out with one 8 GB stick of Corsair’s Vengeance 1600 Mhz RAM and to get the computer built and running, it did the job. Soon after that, and for only another $40, I ordered a second stick and get that installed too. The current build is now at 16 GB, and according to many people online, 16 is kind of the sweet spot for Gaming right now. A lot of people go straight to 32 or more, but that is more about bragging rights than it is about actual functionality. Besides, with onboard RAM on graphics cards (like my G1 Gaming with 4 GB dedicated), a lot of the real drawdown from the RAM is now dedicated to other functions – meaning, you get back a lot more useable Motherboard installed RAM when the Graphics Process is taken care of with onboard Graphics RAM.

So currently I have 16, and for $80, I could double it. It’s not the sweetest RAM in the world, and it’s not the fastest either, but for all my applications, it makes the most sense (and cents).

Next week: Internal Fans