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I got this new intake fan that uses rubber silicon screws or whatever but since my case is old it wont fit in the small holes. So I kept experimenting with ways to mount it, one way that worked temporarily was to stick a small piece of really hard plastic between the case and the top of the fan, basically have the fan sit tightly in place. The case has like an inward concave opening for the fan and thats where it rests. Not sure if its right to do that though. I tested it and the fan doesn't move at all when its on as its really firmly contained by those two pieces of plastic (got them from msi vga card you know the ones). So should I keep this or use zip ties?
Edited by dioxholster - 2/9/11 at 9:44pm
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post #2 of 28
I like twist ties myself.. Much easier to disassemble if needed.
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but what I have already done is right or wrong? I get the feeling don't want to have the fan tightly stuck to the case, I'm not sure why but what I have done is exactly that to the extreme.
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post #4 of 28
I like my fans ot be close to the case, Helps keep them from vibrating.
post #5 of 28
I would use zip ties. Zippies are your best friend.
In my case I have approx. 40-50 zippies holding things in place.
 
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post #6 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Xeb;12330077 
I would use zip ties. Zippies are your best friend.
In my case I have approx. 40-50 zippies holding things in place.

Twist ties are better.
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Eagle1337;12330081 
Twist ties are better.
Other than being easier to reuse, how?
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Other than being easier to reuse, how?
that, easier to disassemble, and i've managed to get them to be as tight as my zip ties.
post #9 of 28
An alternative would be cutting up a piece of rubberband and sticking it between where the fan and the case meets, reducing the vibration, then use normal screws to mount it if you have any.

But in a nutshell what you done isn't "wrong" at all, but I'd personally be bothered by it since the vibrations from the fan will resonate from the plastic to the case.
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Originally Posted by Agenesis;12330191 
An alternative would be cutting up a piece of rubberband and sticking it between where the fan and the case meets, reducing the vibration, then use normal screws to mount it if you have any.

But in a nutshell what you done isn't "wrong" at all, but I'd personally be bothered by it since the vibrations from the fan will resonate from the plastic to the case.

One problem is the fan doesnt come with normal screws but even if it did the case has a non-tradition fan metal screws that are awful anyway as they carve into the holes. I thought of having rubberbands as an alternative to zip ties, dont know if they can be reliable, where does one find them anyways? I'm looking for better alternatives to what I have done, maybe the vibrations could be an issue although i ran the fan for some time and couldn't hear any vibrations. The fan is stuck to the panel of the case and its a silent fan that runs at 1000 rpm maybe more no idea. Before having the resistor cable and it being at higher speeds it was really loud, but I don't know if it was the vibration of just the fan.
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