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    Default lubes on noisy fan

    Hey guys,

    Quick question, I just got a new BFG 6800 GT and after a week one of the fans is starting to get real noisy. Would it be safe to take a can of say... WD40, down there or could that screw up the electronics? Thanks
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    Default Re: lubes on noisy fan

    I haven't tried oiling a HSF fan before but I don't suppose it would do any damage to the fan itself. I've used that type product on fans in the house before and it works, but I would highly recommend removing it from the video board before doing the deed. If it works, great. If it doesn't, you'd probably be buying a new HSF for the vid board anyway so you'll just have to go ahead and do that.
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    Default Re: lubes on noisy fan

    thanks Darthtanion

    yeah i was thinking about putting the cooler i bought for my old 5950u on the card but i figured i might be able to sell it more easier with it on. Plus the cooler that came with the card seems to be pretty good. Large pure copper heat sink with two fans. (not sure if your familiar with it or not, i bought the GT "OC" version of the card) Anyway yeah i guess ill try to oil it. BTW do you think i could sell my 5950 for any decent money still? Thanks again
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    Default Re: lubes on noisy fan

    Prolly best to avoid the WD40. In my experience WD40 is great for temporary fixes or loosening rusty bolts but tends to turn into some sort of sticky muck after awhile. You'd be better off with a true oil ... automotive, or ideally, sewing machine oil such as 3in1 that is suited for proper lubrication.
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    Default Re: lubes on noisy fan

    ok thanks for the info PrairieDawg
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    Default Re: lubes on noisy fan

    WD40 is a penetrator 1st, a moisture displacer 2nd and finally a temporary lubricant. Sewing/light machine oil is the best for sleeve bearing fans but if the fan is of the ballbearing variety then replace it.

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