So, I bought a new pc about two years ago. It’s a good starter/replacement pc for my old laptop that died after my dad passed. There is plenty of room for expansion and it is a decent process with a fair amount of ram. It was one of those prebuilt POS’s but I didn’t know that at the time I ordered it. I thought I was ordering a kit with assembly required but that’s ok. Well approximately three weeks after I bought it, I heard this horrid screeching and grinding noise come from the case. Paranoid, I went and looked. It was still running but one of the fans on the top part of the case had stopped running.
Being me, I powered it down and looked at the fan. It looked like there was a piece of one of the fan blades that was not trimmed down properly. I filled it down and placed the fan back and powered back up and voila; it ran just fine. I figured I’d done it and I was ok. Little did I know, however…
Due to some circumstances that are not needed to be explained, I moved in with my mom for a while to make things easier. Well, shortly after I moved in, my PC started acting stupid and I wasn’t sure what was going on with it. I started digging around and noticed that the processor fan was not spinning. Never a good sign in my experience. I cleaned all the dust out and checked the rest of the fans (including the video card fan) and they were all ok, thus far. I did some pricing and found that I could not afford the replacement fans at the current time (which is sad considering how cheap they were).
I finally was able to order the fans about a week ago and I just spend the last two hours replacing fans. I have one cooling face that was facing in that I really wanted facing out so that it could help pull air from the process away. It’s not much of a change but it does help. I ordered another top placement fan to help with air flow and I have it facing up and pulling air out as well. Last was the processor fan itself. All I wanted was to replace the fan itself. When I ordered I thought I was only getting the fan. It came attached to a heat sync. This was no big deal really until I started to go in to replacing the fan.
The old processor was attached via a cover piece that was literally screwed in to the heat sync, which did not have screw holes. This versus the new one which did. So I start working and unscrewing and looking and find that the new heat sync will not work in my PC because I have no way to keep it from touching the mother board and that ain’t happening as far as I was concerned. The cover plate on the old heat sync didn’t want to stay attached to the heat sync. To make a pain in my ass a short story, I finally, after two hours, was able to get it jury rigged with the old heat sync and the new fan.
It is all running smoothly now and I am happy to report that thus far, all issues have disappeared now that the system has proper cooling.