Need help with a fan problem

  Carnage 20:08 15 Dec 2005

Recently, the ball-bearings in my CPU fan have deteriorated in quality and so it has become noisy and inefficient. So, i decided to buy a new one. When i went to PC world i looked at the fans and found that the only fan that was the same size as my old cpu fan was a case fan (all the other CPU fans were either too small or too big). So i was just wandering, would it be ok to use a case fan as my CPU fan - or would that not work?

  Belatucadrus 20:22 15 Dec 2005

Possible, but it'll probably need a three core supply cable with speed sensor as most modern MOBOs will fail to register a two core fan and refuse to boot. You also need to check the plug on the end.

  Carnage 20:26 15 Dec 2005

Well my motherboard is fairly old and the plug is a three pin plug. The heat sink has not gone faulty - it's just the fan. The fan i was looking at is this one click here - and it is just to replace my old fan. My old fan did not have any sensors, it just had the usual 3-pin plug. Sorry if this is not very technical - i don't know too much in this area.

  Belatucadrus 20:51 15 Dec 2005

The one you have linked to should be OK as it has

"Connector 3-pin with RPM sensor wire" & "3 to 4-pin adapter"

so you should have all bases covered.

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