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So my OCZ PSU fan is starting to grind and oiling it only last for about 2 weeks. I have found replacement 135MM fans (yeah very odd size) but is it even worth replacing or should i just junk it and buy a new PSU? The PSU works fine it has no other problems but about a month ago i noticed the fan was not spinning and i dont know how long it was like that so it may have damaged the insides of it. though it seems rock solid and no random shut downs or anything.

So like i said is it even worth my time and money to replace the fan or not? This is the Power Supply in question http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017&IsVirtualParent=1
Edited by philhalo66 - 7/21/13 at 12:49am
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I think it´s worth it, if you do go ahead with it, just make sure the voltage / amps are the same , and fairly similar CFM.
Also remember to discharge the PSU thoroughly before opening it and you´ll be fine.
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go ahead, replacing the entire unit sound stupid if only something small like a fan failed. BTW where do you get 135mm fans? i've been looking for some but have found none.
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Originally Posted by mr soft View Post

I think it´s worth it, if you do go ahead with it, just make sure the voltage / amps are the same , and fairly similar CFM.
Also remember to discharge the PSU thoroughly before opening it and you´ll be fine.

Yeah it hasn't been plugged in for about 2 days now it was powering my server till about 2 days ago when i noticed the fan was grinding again.
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go ahead, replacing the entire unit sound stupid if only something small like a fan failed. BTW where do you get 135mm fans? i've been looking for some but have found none.


Newegg has 3 135MM fans and ebay has tons as well but ebay is a bit wishy-washy if you know what i mean
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How old is the PSU?

Personally I'd say as long as the fan isn't too expensive, and isn't a piece of crap, and that's the only problems you've had then replacing is a good idea. If the PSU is a couple years old or more I'd just go ahead and get a new PSU, it's not like it will be $200 to replace it, so a $15 fan to a $70 PSU, I'd take a new PSU if that's the case.

Is it in warranty as well? You might be able to just get the whole unit replaced and say screw it all.
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post #6 of 9
Yes it's worth it, I've done it multiple times. The price of a fan is a lot better than a new PSU, if it's working properly minus the fan why replace it?
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How old is the PSU?

Personally I'd say as long as the fan isn't too expensive, and isn't a piece of crap, and that's the only problems you've had then replacing is a good idea. If the PSU is a couple years old or more I'd just go ahead and get a new PSU, it's not like it will be $200 to replace it, so a $15 fan to a $70 PSU, I'd take a new PSU if that's the case.

Is it in warranty as well? You might be able to just get the whole unit replaced and say screw it all.

pretty old i bought it back in April 2009, If i get an exact same one it will cost $80, it is way out of warranty it only has a 3 year warranty.

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Yes it's worth it, I've done it multiple times. The price of a fan is a lot better than a new PSU, if it's working properly minus the fan why replace it?

Good point. i guess it is worth it i'll go ahead and get a blue LED fan lol might as well spice it up while restoring functionality.
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pretty old i bought it back in April 2009, If i get an exact same one it will cost $80, it is way out of warranty it only has a 3 year warranty.
Good point. i guess it is worth it i'll go ahead and get a blue LED fan lol might as well spice it up while restoring functionality.

if you do decide to replace the fan, make sure you get a fan that meets or at least come close to the specs of the fan inside the PSU. alot of people have a bad habit of replacing the fan with a "quieter" unit and they end up putting a 60 CFM fan in the PSU even tho the stock fan inside is a 110 CFM unit biggrin.gif it works as long as you don't push your PSU, but if you actually use a load that stresses the PSU, be ready for a loud POP sound and some smoke coming out of the PSU biggrin.gif PSU fans are generally matched to the thermal requirements of the PSU, so keep that in mind.
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if you do decide to replace the fan, make sure you get a fan that meets or at least come close to the specs of the fan inside the PSU. alot of people have a bad habit of replacing the fan with a "quieter" unit and they end up putting a 60 CFM fan in the PSU even tho the stock fan inside is a 110 CFM unit biggrin.gif it works as long as you don't push your PSU, but if you actually use a load that stresses the PSU, be ready for a loud POP sound and some smoke coming out of the PSU biggrin.gif PSU fans are generally matched to the thermal requirements of the PSU, so keep that in mind.

Yeah i emailed OCZ and they gave me the specs of the fan i need and the newegg ones fit the bill.
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