A fan on my motherboard has started making a lot of noise. I was wondering what would cause this. Is it about to die?
I think its special for my motherboard the GA-8IPE1000 series. If i have to buy another one would a local place have it or would i have to order from somewhere?
Firstly: I'd make sure no wires etc. are touching it and that it is the source of the noise.
Secondly: It looks to have some room around it and shouldn't be too hard to replace (though you'll probably have to remove the motherboard - no fun). Any decent shop geared for the enthusiast should have the parts (forget about the stores that just resell what others assemble).
Thirdly: If you do have to replace it just make sure every part goes back in the same spot it came from (with thermal grease if required). If you're lazy you could just grab a pair of pliers and yank out the pins but that would mean breaking them - and perhaps other things.
On second thought - FORGET ALL THAT - remove and replace just the fan - four screws, one connector (It looks like a standard 40mm - though you might have to splice the wires for the connector).
I was having problems booting my comp sometime back, and in diagnosing it noticed the fan on my chipset died. Gonaads mentioned there are kits one can buy to replace this with. Let me see if I can find the post