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help! i currently own a custom built pc from i buy power, had it for a year. my problem is when playing games the fan on the processor goes into high speed mode. and when it does it produces a ton of vibration and it also sound like an airplane taking off! is the fan bad? any replies can also be directed to me at ddbpack@aol.com

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possible bad fan

In reply to: sound and vibration

Try this:
- check for obstructions
- use compressed air to clean heatsink/fan and system
- run computer with case open to confirm sound source

More info:
- fan size (80mm,90mm,92mm,120mm,etc.)
- fan rpm (low, high)
- cpu model
- cpu temps (low, high)
- system temps (low, high)

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In reply to: possible bad fan

i have an asus program that ive just run it says chasiis fan below threshold! temps id accurate are, 47 for cpu and 36 for mobo. ihave two fans internal one on side of case and power fan in back is working, though im not sure about how fast its supposed to run!

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noise problem fixed?

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Have you been able to find the source of your loud noise? Was it the CPU fan? Was there an obstruction (loose wire vibrating, maybe)? Was there a lot of dust in the machine and fans? Have you solved your noise problem?

Those temps could be good or they could be not so good.

About the 47*C CPU temperature:
- Is that the resting temp, or the temp after gaming?
- What is the CPU model? Intel P4 2.0MHz? Athlon 64 FX57?
- Care to share any data on fan speed (rpm)?

A typical 120mm case fan (the exact diamater of a CD) might run arount 1000-1500rpm. A typical CPU fan on a newer processor might run well above 2000rpm. Again, this depends on fan size and model. The bottom line is that you need to have your fan running fast enough that your CPU temperature is acceptable. Acceptable temperature depends on the CPU model. Try using a free fan/temperature utility from Download.com if you need one (SpeedFan, etc.)

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noisy fan

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(pcwell the ONLY time it gets noisy is when doing games, of course. wires look okay. needs to be (cleaned ) the whole pc! lots of cat hair!!! i havent gone out to get can of compressed aire yet, as ive been sick all week! was also wondering if i need to can i just replace fan? and will anything need to be replaced, with the fan being the exception, like haet strips etc?

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change the fan if it is too noisy for you.

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If the CPU is cool enough, all you have to worry about is the noise. If you can take the noise, you're fine. If it bothers you, just change the fan to a quieter model. Replacing a computer fan is not uncommon. They all will fail at some point. The cheaper fans will fail sooner. Most heatsink and fan combinations allow you to replace the fan buy removing a few screws or clips.

The general rule for a quiet machine is to use the largest fans that fit. For example, a 120mm fan will move more air than a 80mm fan running at the same rpm and usually do it with less noise.

The model of heatsink you are using on the CPU governs what size fan you will be able to mount on it. When you are shopping for a new fan, the decibel (db) rating and the cubic feet per minute (cfm) rating are other factors to consider in adition to size and operating speeds.

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addtional fan

In reply to: sound and vibration

clean your CPU once in a blue moon or u can purchase addtional fan...about 8"....

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