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Hey,

I was going to buy the HD 7870 as recommended, but a friend found a nVidia GTS 250 which will do me until I can properly afford getting the card I really want.

Anyways, it is in my HTPC and has 2 blades broken on the fan. It makes a really loud unbearable noise. Naturally a broken fan would be the cause but it's hard to believe 2 blades would be the problem or if there's something more to it.

I found this listing on eBay for a new fan for $20 but i'd rather save that for the real card I want if it's just going to be a waste of time. I just don't know how this card performs new, will it still be too loud for a HTPC?

Thanks everyone

PS: While it was in my PC, it ran DayZ flawlessly but the resolution of my desktop took a significant downgrade to like 13xx by 7xx (down from 1920 x 1080 on my 46" Sony Bravia using onboard graphics)
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Hey,

I was going to buy the HD 7870 as recommended, but a friend found a nVidia GTS 250 which will do me until I can properly afford getting the card I really want.

Anyways, it is in my HTPC and has 2 blades broken on the fan. It makes a really loud unbearable noise. Naturally a broken fan would be the cause but it's hard to believe 2 blades would be the problem or if there's something more to it.

I found this listing on eBay for a new fan for $20 but i'd rather save that for the real card I want if it's just going to be a waste of time. I just don't know how this card performs new, will it still be too loud for a HTPC?

Thanks everyone

PS: While it was in my PC, it ran DayZ flawlessly but the resolution of my desktop took a significant downgrade to like 13xx by 7xx (down from 1920 x 1080 on my 46" Sony Bravia using onboard graphics)

At the speeds that fan runs at, I can easily see a couple broken fan blades causing that issue. Aerodynamic issues + asymmetric weighting = noise.
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Try turning the fan speed down.
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At the speeds that fan runs at, I can easily see a couple broken fan blades causing that issue. Aerodynamic issues + asymmetric weighting = noise.

When you put it that way... Guess it could be it. I don't suppose you've had personal experience with this card before?
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Try turning the fan speed down.

That's a good idea but it would answer some questions and make new questions! It would answer the question of where the sound is coming from, but doesn't answer, would it be significantly quieter with a perfect condition fan.

Which just gave me an idea, might youtube GTS250 reviews and see if I can hear it run loud.

Thanks for the help guys
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When you put it that way... Guess it could be it. I don't suppose you've had personal experience with this card before?

Nope, just a good knowledge of physics. smile.gif
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Hey everyone,

Got the fan in the mail. Installed it, pretty quiet! Thanks to all for helping me make that decision. It was definitely the problem. But now the graphics card won't display anything?

I've started a new thread about that problem, if anyone could help I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks
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