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Hi, I have a PNY GeForce 9800 GT that I bought on the 1/6/2010, and the fan is now completely broken.
At first, it just made some noise, and I removed the top cover and that seemed to fix it (see pics for explanation, it's the cover that goes on top of the heatsink and fan to direct airflow).
That lasted about 7 months, and now the fan started making a lot of noise (rat telling like sound) and as of today (it started making noise last night) the fan won't even spin, and the computer will make a wining sound (coming from the speaker) and "shut down", i.e. screens go off and it goes off the network.
I took out the card, and looking closely the fan is cracked.
In the pics, I circled the crack, and the green line is how it extends under the sticker.

I called PNY, and they said that since I removed that cover I might have voided my warranty. I did this because I'm in Argentina and RMA's are a royal PITA and mean loosing my computer for at least a month (plus the time I can't use it because my GPU doesn't work). I sent them a pic and am awaiting a reply. I didn't tell them about the crack because I noticed it after I hung up.

Any ideas? If my RMA gets denied, I'm willing to glue on a fan and to heck with it. I have a good 120mm, and a cheap 80mm and 40mm. Doe's anyone know what kind of a connector the card has?
Edited by adriangb - 10/25/11 at 6:50pm
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They just responded, f*****g warranty is void. Idiots

What aftermarket heatsinks under $30 say (not worth it to put any more money than that into the card IMO) would work with this card?
Edited by adriangb - 10/25/11 at 7:17am
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Sorry, but I have to bump, I have a friend who is in the US, and if I plan to purchase anything it has to be within the next few days...
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id get an 80mm case fan and some zip ties, worked perfectly with my broken fan on my 9600gt
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Quote:
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id get an 80mm case fan and some zip ties, worked perfectly with my broken fan on my 9600gt

Going to try. Wht about noise?
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Does anyone know what temps generic rubber can put up with? I'm thinking of putting four little pieces in the corners to absorb fan vibrations...

And is the GPU fan connector a regular 4 pin connector? Would it be a good idea to connect this new fan to it? I circled it out in the attached pic.
Edited by adriangb - 10/25/11 at 7:05pm
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I need help with the pinouts. The small one is how the GPU fan was originally. The big one is how I wired the 120mm fan (I couldn't find the 80mm) to the thing. Please tell me if it's ok. Also, what can I stick in between the two middle connectors, as they're touching... Is scotch tape ok?
Edited by adriangb - 10/25/11 at 8:13pm
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I solved it, but almost burned my card (I tried plugging pins in with my bare fingers while it was running… not too smart). Wrapped in scotch tape, it went in fine. My GPU temps are now 45ºC idle. Not bad smile.gif
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good job with that, the blower style cooler on the single slot cards are very inefficient
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My only question is how hot the wire will get, I haven't learned the math yet (that comes in 2 more years), but I know it depends on the resistance of the wire and the current goign thru it, but I know neither (well I guess the current is something like 6w…). If anyone knows this, or if scotch tape will melt, please chip in smile.gif
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