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The fan on my video card is broken, what should I do?
The fan on my video card is broken, what's the best way of getting it back to working order again?
Question asked by Isiac from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 2:39 am
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I have a GALAXY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 1GB video card. At some point while in storage dust got in the card and the fan stopped working properly causing my computer to shut down if I didn't make sure the fan was spinning.

 

This lead me to remove the already partially dislodged fRAMe to remove the fan to clean the fan itself.

 

This solved the problem but now I can't really get the fan to stay on the card...

 

The card gets warm so tape won't work and I'm wary about using glue.

 

What's the best way to keep the fan fRAMe on the card?

Hey there Isiac,

 

If the fan itself is broken, which by the sounds of it, it sounds like it is. You have a few options here, which we'll walk you through now.

 

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First, you could replace the heat sink and fan - which will need to happen if you want to have it 100% fixed. This will cost you $40-$50 or more, depending on the type and quality of product you want to buy.

 

You've said that the card doesn't work unless the fan is spinning? How hot is the card getting? Is there anyway you could mount a fan near the side of your computer, or inside of your case? This way you could continue to use the computer without having to buy a new HSF or a new GPU.

 

Third, replace the entire video card. This is the most expensive option, but you get a brand new card, with a brand new cooler, and a full warranty.

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