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CPU Fan Vibrating :(

By greatman05
Feb 16, 2008
  1. Hello. I was cleaning out my cpu fan about 20 mins ago, and one of the fins had cracked. It was bending too much, so I broke it off to prevent it from damaging anything. Well, now the CPU fan is vibrating, and I'm scared...Will the vibration kill the CPU? Where can I get a new stock CPU fan? I'm running a P4 1.8 gHZ Willamette with stock fan spinning at 3750 RPM.
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    you definately need a new fan, it should be cheap to get another fan, you could google it and find it easy.
     
  3. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    Okay...can I get a stock fan for a P4 willamette off the net?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    As long as it's blowing air on the Heatsink, but I don't believe that CPU's like lots of vibration. I dopped one once, it still worked - but the system bacame noticably slower. So yes, vibration can effect it.

    Also you can find Anything on the net !
     
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Best if you get a combination... CPU Heatsink and Fan as one unit... then be sure you use new thermal paste. Changing the fan without the heatsink is a fruitless excercise that leads to trouble... and the cost is about the same.
    You do not want ANY vibration in a fan... because that is an indicator of impending failure.
     
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    Vibration right on the CPU probably isn't a good idea ;). Does your system have Socket 423 or Socket 478?

    423

    478/478
     
  7. Mekaonija

    Mekaonija TS Enthusiast Posts: 114

    Break off a fin on the opposite side to balance it out LOL
     
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    LOL! That'll set it straight...
     
  9. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    although breaking off the other side would effectively reduce the fan's capability by half..

    ditch stock, get aftermarkets.. cooler, quiter and much better than intel's stocks..
     
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Just buy a new fan, it's worth the investment and yes, lack of proper cooling can kill a CPU. Vibration can crack connections if severe enough.
     
  11. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    Ummmm...if at all possible, I wanna avoid replacing the heatsink...I only want to replace the fan. Thanks for the links and info though...any other suggestions?
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    The fan is usually removable (well always)
    Just replace it
     
  13. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  15. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    I'd assume the fan on your heatsink probably conforms to some industry standard size. Measure the dimensions of your fan and look for something with the same dimensions.
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  18. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    It's also possible that he needs a socket 423 heatsink considering the fact that its a Willamette, in which case those heatsinks wouldn't be compatible. Regardless, he's already expressed the fact that he doesn't want to replace his heatsink.

    Measure the dimensions of your current fan, look for one that is similar.
     
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