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Old 06-30-2005, 03:24 PM
Greg J Greg J is offline
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Default putting in a new CPU fan

I have never really fiddled with the insides of a computer. Is this something a competent person can do on his own?
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Old 06-30-2005, 03:37 PM
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Default Re: putting in a new CPU fan

No.

Attaching a CPU fan requires at least a couple things: a sense for how much force can be applied; knowing what can and can't be touched on either component surface, awareness of static electricity, and normally a thermal compound.

Unless you have substitute experience and considering the critical nature of cooling (and CPU/mboard cost) I think you should let an experienced friend or the like do it for you. Computer stores will sometimes/often install the fan for you if you're purchasing it and the CPU from them.

After all that, I'll tell you how to do it but you're totally on your own...

Mike
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Old 06-30-2005, 04:59 PM
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Default Re: putting in a new CPU fan

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No.

Attaching a CPU fan requires at least a couple things: a sense for how much force can be applied; knowing what can and can't be touched on either component surface, awareness of static electricity, and normally a thermal compound.

Unless you have substitute experience and considering the critical nature of cooling (and CPU/mboard cost) I think you should let an experienced friend or the like do it for you. Computer stores will sometimes/often install the fan for you if you're purchasing it and the CPU from them.

After all that, I'll tell you how to do it but you're totally on your own...

Mike

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Jebus, it's not like it's rocket science!

You can easily attach a new fan, just use a good sense. Touch something grounded first, a radiator, sink, whatever. Open the case, detach the current fan, avoid touching the various other components. Get the new fan, and attach as the manual says. Most fans are attached simply by clipping it on.
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Old 06-30-2005, 05:03 PM
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Default Re: putting in a new CPU fan

You need to be careful. Be sure to clean off the old grease and add new grease per directions. The clamps can be tricky, especially if the motherboard is mounted in the case. Not a task for the faint of heart. (I have done this multiple times, and I always do it before I mount the motherboard in the case.)
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Old 06-30-2005, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: putting in a new CPU fan

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I have never really fiddled with the insides of a computer. Is this something a competent person can do on his own?

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it's easy, just use common sense. I've done 100s of times and never messed anything up once, even with a couple screw driver slips and scrapes on the motherboard, but I consider those lucky.

most modern ones are not bad
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Old 06-30-2005, 08:08 PM
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Default Re: putting in a new CPU fan

Often times slapping on the CPU fan is the hardest part of putting together a computer don't let anyone fool you.

Perhaps the new ones in the past two years have gotten easier but it was not unheard of to spend nearly an hour trying to get an old one on especially if you don't have any room to work because of poor mobo design.
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Old 07-01-2005, 12:02 PM
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No.

Attaching a CPU fan requires at least a couple things: a sense for how much force can be applied; knowing what can and can't be touched on either component surface, awareness of static electricity, and normally a thermal compound.

Unless you have substitute experience and considering the critical nature of cooling (and CPU/mboard cost) I think you should let an experienced friend or the like do it for you. Computer stores will sometimes/often install the fan for you if you're purchasing it and the CPU from them.

After all that, I'll tell you how to do it but you're totally on your own...

Mike

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Jebus, it's not like it's rocket science!

You can easily attach a new fan, just use a good sense. Touch something grounded first, a radiator, sink, whatever. Open the case, detach the current fan, avoid touching the various other components. Get the new fan, and attach as the manual says. Most fans are attached simply by clipping it on.

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It isn't "rocket science"?? wtf - can't it just be an easily damaged/destroyed $300+ CPU/mboard by a guy that admits to not so much as having added a serial port before?

Cleaning old grease off a CPU (if that's what's going on here) isn't like cleaning your windshield where it doesn't matter if you don't get every speck of dirt off. Changing a fan with the motherboard already mounted isn't an easy thing do even for someone with experience.

And IMO it's idiotic to "simply clip it on". Thermal grease isn't just for conductivity - it's primarily because there are imperfections in the heat sink mating that in relative terms are Grand Canyons to the die, meaning 'acres' of CPU surface aren't even in contact with the heat sink! [censored], leaving an oily fingerprint behind because one didn't know better could be enough to fry the CPU.

He asked a simple question; I gave a simple answer. I stand by it. If you dislike my opinion so much that you need to quote it then tough [censored]. It's an easy job for anyone that's done it before (or understands what they're dealing with) - but as a first introduction to tinkering with a computer, experimenting with $300+ of computer parts and having no real way of knowing if you did it right before you fry it is pretty dumb...

Mike
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Old 07-01-2005, 12:08 PM
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Default Re: putting in a new CPU fan

I won't argue with you. But please don't say that any "competent" person can't change a CPU fan. Everybody's been virgins, at some point you gotta try it, it really isn't that hard if you're competent, got a good common sense and follow the manual.
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Old 07-03-2005, 01:29 PM
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Default Re: putting in a new CPU fan

Fair enough. Instead of "no" maybe I should've said "yes you can, but here's why you shouldn't"...
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