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My Graphics Card fan is making a terrible, loud noise.


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#1

RicochetOrange

Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:03 AM

Its a cheap $50 graphics card that was released in 2008 (I think). I bought it last year as it was my first computer build and I was on a tight budget. Since then I've done a upgrade on the Processor (AMD Athalon II Triple Core -> AMD Phenom II Quad Core) and what is essentially a downgrade on my mobo (budget issues again), because the first one (remember, that was my first build) had awful PCI slot placement. Got a new case too. I kept the same HDD, disk drive, and Wifi card. Every other fan on this computer are around 5 months old, as I upgraded not that long before I graduated High School.

The computer is otherwise really quiet. But this fan has started acting up. I can hear it from the other side of the house. D:
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Cheapy cheap. I want to upgrade to something actually decent but I don't have the cash.

Any advice on dealing with it? Such as alternate DIY cooling methods or rigging a normal PC case fan or something to it?

And no, I can't upgrade now, I don't have the money, I would like to, but am too poor too.

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#2

Iomegadrive1
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:06 AM

Can you explain the noise?

#3

RicochetOrange

Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:07 AM

View PostIomegadrive1, on 14 December 2011 - 08:06 AM, said:

Can you explain the noise?

Started out as a ticking noise a few days ago, so I cleaned the fan, and now its a repetitive sound like a ball bearing is loose inside.

#4

Vitalcannon32
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:08 AM

Try maybe finding a new fan. You can always have someone Dismantle it and replace with a new better fan.
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#5

Iomegadrive1
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:08 AM

Does it sound like it is smacking the casing around it?

#6

RicochetOrange

Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:09 AM

View PostIomegadrive1, on 14 December 2011 - 08:08 AM, said:

Does it sound like it is smacking the casing around it?

I think it sounds like it's doing that.

#7

Iomegadrive1
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:11 AM

Yea I had an issue the the bearings about a year ago. If it is from 2008 you might as well get a new graphics card like I did since some fans cost too much for such an old card. Is it a small fan?

#8

RicochetOrange

Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:12 AM

View PostIomegadrive1, on 14 December 2011 - 08:11 AM, said:

Yea I had an issue the the bearings about a year ago. If it is from 2008 you might as well get a new graphics card like I did since some fans cost too much for such an old card. Is it a small fan?

Yes. :/

#9

Iomegadrive1
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:14 AM

If you absolutely must you can get one extremely cheap on newegg more than likely.

#10

wizzledonker
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:22 AM

Probably best to get a new card.

If that isn't possible... clean the card out with some air from an air compressor or similar and try restarting. If that still doesn't fix the problem then you can try spinning the fan with your hands to find any obstructions, and if there is, definitely consider either getting a new card or replacing the fan with a home-pasted heat sink.

I don't really reccomend the last method.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:26 AM

Not sure it's worth trying on such a cheap card but you could take it apart and apply some sewing machine oil to the fan. It should stop the noise if the bearing isn't totally dead yet.