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I'm trying to put a side fan on my case to cool down my SLI setup. But everytime I try it, no matter what fan I use, I tried a 120mm and 140mm I get a loud vibration noise. I have used rubber screws stand offs etx nothing seems to work. Having the fan on their drops my GPU temps alot so I would like to have one their but not if the noise coming from it can't be stopped. Any ideas?
post #2 of 7
It could be the actual side panel. Check to see if the panel is loose as that would probably cause the noise.
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^ This^
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post #4 of 7
^ What he said.

My HAF 932 used to do that too until I realized I now need to press really hard on the panel when screwing it on so it can't move at all.

When it's making noises just see if pressing against it stops it.
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post #5 of 7
Three things to try in order.

First, bend the tabs of your side panel ever so slightly. If it is just the side panel rattling a bit, then this may help.

Second is to try soft mounting the fan.

Third is to try a fan that is lower RPM and with smoother bearings.
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post #6 of 7
Side panels are very tough to mount fans 140mm and under without vibration. Youre mounting a fan on a big, flat sheet of thin metal secured by friction and a couple small screws (usually).

imo, the best way I've experienced mounting fans on a side panel with minimal vibration is by literally sticking it to the panel using 3M Dual Lock, cutting triangles for the fan's corners. Comes in smaller amounts, cheaper, I think.

There's a thread about it. Just don't use the velcro used in the example. 3M lock is the way to go, and very strong. You could suspend a toilet from the ceiling with enough Dual Lock. Edit: added thread link
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if nothing else works,

Dynamat.
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