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by Seniuse / February 16, 2008 8:00 AM PST

I was experiencing some ridiculous noise issues with my computer, and I was beginning to worry about what might be causing the problem. After opening it up when it was turned on, my first conclusion was that it was one of the three main fans making the noise. But after moving my head around a little bit, I noticed that the noise was coming from the graphics card's fan. I couldn't believe it, because it was SO loud. The noise it was making sounded like there was a piece of tin foil stuck in the fan mixed with a school bus at a red light. For a while, I kept thinking it was the fan on the motherboard, because of all the metal stuff below it, and it sounded like the fan was scraping against that. But it's just the little fan on the graphics card.

I took out the card, and vacuumed off the dust from all around the fan, but I couldn't do anything to actually take off the fan and fiddle around with it (It seems to be held in by these plastic bolt like things that you can't take off). I noticed the fan felt a little loose; you could spin it around with your finger, but you could tilt it up and down by pressing on one of the blades. The fan still makes the noise, but it varies between the usual noise, and this noise that sounds like a regular fan that's struggling to stay spinning. So what should I do? If the fan eventually breaks, will that be really bad? I really don't think I should have to go get a new graphics card. I just don't know how I could fix this myself.

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The other problem is that I rarely find an exact replacement
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2008 9:18 AM PST
In reply to: Graphics Card Fan

I usually have to head to the shop to drill new mounting holes and cut it to fit. I find replacements at newegg.com or geeks.com

Bob

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No need to drill :rolleyes:
by fbbbb / February 16, 2008 9:38 AM PST
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If it's not under warranty, tell us the card type and I'm sure we could direct you to an alternative cooler which could even be quieter than the original, or better still silent.

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Oh
by Seniuse / February 16, 2008 9:49 AM PST

Sorry, I thought I posted it. It's a GeForce 6600. I can't really see any way to take the fan out without breaking something. I don't think I have a warranty anymore, I got my computer around 2004 including the graphics card.

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OK -
by fbbbb / February 16, 2008 7:17 PM PST
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The Accelero S1 Rev2 will do the trick. It's listed as compatible for the 6600 now.

http://www.arctic-cooling.com/vga2.php?idx=147

It's a passive cooler so no noise at all in operation. And provided your case airflow is decent, it's actually more efficient than some fan-only coolers. If you have a crud case, you may need the fan kit that goes with the S1.

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Every other forum I'm a member of has an edit button...
by fbbbb / February 16, 2008 7:19 PM PST
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"crud case" above should be "crud case and power supply".

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