Inherited an old GPU. I would like it for a backup in case my 4850 ever dies, so I will have something to use in the meantime to display my computer while I replace my card. I obviously do not have integrated graphics (P5Q Pro mobo)
The issue it the fan is bad. The bearings are shot so it wobbles, contacting the housing and making a ton of noise. I would like to replace just the fan, not the whole cooler. Can this be purchased on its own for a couple bucks?
the part # on the fan is :
Power: DC 12v 4.5w
I'm having trouble finding that part, and I dont know which other will be compatible. Do i have to replace the entire cooler just to get a new fan?
If nothing else, take a computer fan, splice the power wires to it on the card, and then ziptie the fan on top of the heatsink.
I did that with my piece o' crap EVGA 8500GT when the fan went after two weeks. Slapped an 80mm fan on it, splice, ziptie, done. Only bad thing is the fan might be at full power the entire time. Not sure at the moment if there's an easy way around that. The fan I put on mine was quiet enough, so I didn't worry about it.
You wouldn't even have to splice the fan to the card's power. Just plug the fan into the main PC power supply. Just remember to unplug the power cable before removing the video card in the future.
Just one option. I'm thinking a 9500GT doesn't have a huge fan on it stock, and if it's only a backup card anyway, I'm thinking it likely wouldn't even see 3D mode before you bought a new card again.
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