Hi everyone. I have just brought an Inspiron 530 but I'm finding the CPU fan in the tower a tad noisy. Are there any options for a new one being put in?
I have noticed that the heatsink to which the fan is attached to the mainboard is fixed by screws. Is this a problem when changing to a new one?
Many Thanks :)
you may want to check and make sure the screws are tight and nothing is in the way of any fans.
When I first recieved my machine I had a screw rolling around inside the case.
the stock inspiron as a whole is a pretty quiet machine.
Since you are under warranty you should probably contact dell, tell them your cpu fan is not working and they will send you a new one.
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Yes you can chaince the CPUcooler.Mars1100 knows all about it.He can tell you wich one,and how to mound it the best way.
good luck with your upgrade
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How did you change your CPU fan, Mars? Was your standard one different to mine as you're running a C2D? (There's a Q6600 in mine) The CPU fan on mine is attached by screws onto a large heatsink. The heatsink is then fixed to the mainboard by screws as well. Could the fan just be swapped, but leave the heatsink behind?
Oh, and I've already taken one Insprion back due to the CPU fan being noisy (The one I have now is a bit quieter, but not by much)
Thanks again :)
Our standard heatsink/fan kits should be different as the Quad needs more cooling but the holes on the socket should be the same size, I can't say for sure.
I am sure there is someone out here who knows and will let us know.
If you are going to replace the fan you may as well replace the whole set.
Fan and heatsink were one on the aftermarket, I removed both the stock fan and heatsink.
The Zalman was a perfect fit, the screws fit right into the holes for the original fan.
I have had several pc's and the stock inspiron has been the most quiet.
Are you sure it's not the power supply making the noise?
I have checked all of the other "fan based" items that are in the case. The noise is coming from the CPU fan for sure. I did however, unscrew the fan, and reseat it. This has brought the "buzzing" down a tad.
I googled your coller that you use, and it is indeed usable on a Quad Core CPU.
Did you say that the cooler and heatsink just bolt right into the standard holes in the motherboard? It says (on the Zalman site) that you have to mount a piece of plastic under the mainboard. Did you have to remove the MB to install the heatsink?
the piece of plastic is a bracket that the motherboard already had, therefore no, I did not have to take the motherboard off although I did because I did not know it was there at the time.
And to answer your question, yes the cooler bolts right into the standard holes in the motherboard.
And, no I do not get a fan error.
Here is a link to the cooler I purhased:
As you see in my signature(oops, it's not there. I will add it) I have an antec 550 psu, that was upgraded for the purpose of the gpu.
The "no-fan" error message never came up and I am not exactly sure why.
I know of others that have tried a different model of the zalman and get the error, apparently this one is similar in wiring to the dell fan.
Mars1100 wrote:As you see in my signature(oops, it's not there. I will add it) I have an antec 550 psu, that was upgraded for the purpose of the gpu.The "no-fan" error message never came up and I am not exactly sure why.I know of others that have tried a different model of the zalman and get the error, apparently this one is similar in wiring to the dell fan.Message Edited by Mars1100 on 09-11-2008 03:11 PM
The AT version of the Zalman uses a 4 wire fan connector is why you do not get a fan error.The non AT version is a 3 wire version that uses the Zalman FanMate controller what i have.The AT version is the one to get for the Vostro and Inspiron mini towers and also usually cheaper than the FanMate version.
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does that mean that any fan with a 4 wire fan connector will work in the listed machines?
Mars1100 wrote:fx4baja,does that mean that any fan with a 4 wire fan connector will work in the listed machines?Message Edited by Mars1100 on 09-12-2008 03:56 PM
Most likely when i get the time im going to try a few different heatsinks out to see.
The Zalman should be exhausting to the rear of the case.
The instructions will show that it should blow the hot air out of the case, therefore as fx4baja answered I have it exhausting towards the rear of the machine.