I am looking around for the fans that I will most likely not be able to afford just yet for the water cooling loop that I DEFINITELY can't afford yet (good to get a ball park figure of how much you need to scrape together). I was looking at the Swiftech Helix fans since the vast majority of my build is most likely going to be Swiftech based at this point, but how loud are they when they're undervolted to somewhere around 1200-1300 RPM?
These are my criteria for "loud":
You can hear the bearing while the fan is spinning from further away than a foot from the case (groaning noise).
You can hear coil whine.
There is excessive wind noise (again from further than a foot away from the case).
The reason I am asking for impressions on a stupid quiet watercooling-friendly fan like this one is mostly because I have very sensitive hearing when it comes to noises like this, and those noises grate on my nerves like crazy. I need my computing experience to be insanely quiet for me to really enjoy it regardless of whether or not I am wearing headphones (I am presently using a Glacer 240L with undervolted fans... and I can STILL hear that bastard's fans through the headphones).
Other criteria for fan recommendations if the Helix fans are mostly no bueno:
Fan blades must be black or white
Static pressure rating of at least 1.6 mmh2o
I have found several other potential options but it's hard to get sound impressions from some of the review videos I have seen. I was using a set of Corsair SP120 Quiet Editions when i was still using my H100i but I am kind of leary of that lineup right now because I recently purchased TWO sets of "Quiet Edition" fans that had shot bearings out of the box. Also they seem to sacrifice too much performance for the sake of "quiet operation," and frankly the color rings really aren't worth the hassle of gambling on the fans being good or not. Any thoughtful suggestions on the matter are much appreciated.