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    GPU Fan Broke - How to prevent overheating?

    Hey guys, so first off I'm back from the dead Second off, my easter sunday comes with another death - the death of my GPU fan.

    Backstory - I was playing CIV 5, my screen kept going black but the game was still playing as music was coming through my speakers. I keep resetting my PC, keeps happening. I open up my case, suck all the dust out, still nothing. Eventually I take a look at my GPU fan and see its not spinning. I have cleaned/oiled it - still nothing - its dead.

    Anyway, right now I have a tiny desk fan against my open computer to prevent it from overheating. My question is, does anyone have any suggestions to prevent my GPU from overheating? Ordering a new fan for my gpu will take 2+ months and I will already be at college by then

    I was thinking about

    A) Putting this directly under my GPU - it will act as a vacuum sucking the air out of the gpu aka doing the broken fans job

    or B) Cutting a square in the side of my case and attaching one of these bad boys to suck the air out of the GPU area
    StarTech 120mm Dual Ball Bearing CPU Case Fan LP4 FANBOX12 - Best Buy

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/cooler-master-megaflow-200-200mm-case-fan/1305462364.p?id=mp1305462364&skuId=1305462364&st=c ategoryid$abcat0507007&cp=1&lp=10


    I appreciate any/all ideas
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    There might still be dust inside the fan. Sort of strings of dust or even hair that might've wrapped itself around the base of the fan, making it unable to spin.

    I would advice not using anything resource intensive until you get a new one of fix the fan.
    Rather, I wouldn't advice using it at all.

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    Put dry ice inside the case.
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    Best course of action would be to not use it at all. Grab a fan and sellotape it to where the old fan/s used to be and ramp the speed up to max is you absolutely must use the GPU. Other than that I suggest staying the hell away from using it, un-plug it and keep it somewhere safe until you can figure out what's wrong or until you get a new GPU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anesthetic View Post
    There might still be dust inside the fan. Sort of strings of dust or even hair that might've wrapped itself around the base of the fan, making it unable to spin.

    I would advice not using anything resource intensive until you get a new one of fix the fan.
    Rather, I wouldn't advice using it at all.
    I couldn't get inside the bearings of the fan to see if there was anything trapped in it, I used a whole can of dust cleaner as well as some gun lubricant but it still wouldn't spin. I think something critical inside broke

    I ended up doing this:



    Total cost was 16 dollars - less than the cost of a replacement fan, plus my PC now has 1337 LED lights and runs 10 degrees C cooler than before
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    Keep the room you have it in ice cold, I always keep my air conditioner on and my CPU fan/fans have never overheated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombsaway707 View Post


    I couldn't get inside the bearings of the fan to see if there was anything trapped in it, I used a whole can of dust cleaner as well as some gun lubricant but it still wouldn't spin. I think something critical inside broke

    I ended up doing this:



    Total cost was 16 dollars - less than the cost of a replacement fan, plus my PC now has 1337 LED lights and runs 10 degrees C cooler than before
    I would still keep an eye on the temperature of the gpu. If you start bsoding then just stop what you are doing.

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    Happened to me once, so what I did is removing 1 of the 2 case side fans and place them on top of the broken GPU Fan, You have to lean your pc on its right side so the fan doesn't slide... but of course it won't prevent it from overheating, but it will sure take more time to overheat,
    Last edited by RedSpot; 07-21-2014 at 01:27 AM.
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