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Created On: 10/29/2005 08:14 AM
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 10/29/2005 08:14 AM
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Pebble
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Hi - first post, hope to right place

The 7 month old stock cpu fan on my Athlon XP3500 (Winchester - PIB) has recently become very noisy and increasingly has problems rotating on start up. Currently working with the side off the box so that I can give it bit of help if it stops spinning. Problem doesn't happen on every boot up and up until a week ago ran without problems - good temps and very little noise.

Don't really want to RMA as I can't be that long without a functioning pc.

Can I replace just the fan, by removing the 4 screws and screwing in a repacelment - I don't really want to have to disassemble processor, h/s and fan and re-apply thermal compound in order to replace the whole unit. If that is possible what size do I need and any recommendations?

TIA


 10/29/2005 10:06 AM
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pcy
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Yes.

It's best to look at the fan and see if it says what power or amps it drtaws, and replace it with a similar one.

But fans are very simple objects, and provided yu get one that will fit and runs at the same speed it should be fine.

If a bigger one will fit you may find you get the same airflow (i.e cooling) for less noise. A larger fan with the same power or amp rating (voltage is constant) will move the same omount of air at a lower rpm, hence less noise.



Peter


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