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The CPU fan on my office computer is ridiculously loud.

#1TheOppositePosted 4/30/2014 12:26:10 PM(edited)
If possible I'd like to solve this problem. I think it's running fast because the CPU is running a bit warmer than it should be, not dangerously hot, but the BIOS says it's around 48-49 C, which is 3-4 degrees cooler than it was before I dusted the inside.

Should I try replacing the thermal compound?

Also, it's a Phenom II X4 955 processor on a Gigabyte 770T-USB3 motherboard.
#2WerdnAndreWPosted 4/30/2014 12:30:55 PM
Is that at idle? Temps are kind of high if it is. Stock cooler?
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#3TheOpposite(Topic Creator)Posted 4/30/2014 12:38:32 PM
It's the stock cooler, and that's what the BIOS is saying.
#4WerdnAndreWPosted 4/30/2014 12:40:52 PM
That would be idle temps if you're in the BIOS. I wonder if the fan is dying, thats why its so loud. Has the temps ever been that high before?
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#5TheOpposite(Topic Creator)Posted 4/30/2014 12:44:22 PM(edited)
I don't know. It seems like this computer has been loud ever since I built it a couple years ago. I may check again and see if I have the fan plugged into the correct spot on the motherboard, because knowing me I probably have it hooked into one of the other fan connectors instead of the CPU fan connector.

The computer has a few case fans, but when I open it up and put my ear up to it I can tell it's the CPU fan that's the loud one.
#6mrCubePosted 4/30/2014 12:49:44 PM
Did the noise start after you dusted the inside? You need to hold the fan in place when you dust it, making it spin with canned/compressed air can mess up the bearings in the fan and make it noisy. I've ruined a few fans this way. Getting a new fan is probably the easiest way to solve the issue.
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#7TheOpposite(Topic Creator)Posted 4/30/2014 12:51:52 PM
I didn't do that, but then I didn't really spray the CPU fan much. It was noisy before doing that as well.

Just in case, what's a good direct replacement heatsink for socket AM3?
#8Master_BassPosted 4/30/2014 12:57:20 PM
This is more than enough for your CPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
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#9TheOpposite(Topic Creator)Posted 4/30/2014 1:05:14 PM
Master_Bass posted...
This is more than enough for your CPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099


Isn't that a little much? I'm not wanting to overclock, so I'd just need a cooler that's similar to the one that comes with the processor. I'd prefer not to have to modify anything to attach the cooler.
#10DarkZV2BetaPosted 4/30/2014 4:11:04 PM(edited)
You'll be paying more for less with stock AM3 mounted heatsinks. Looking at newegg, they mostly barely look better than stock cooling, and some of the reviews suggest that they aren't capable of keeping a processor cool at a 125w TDP.
If you really want a stock heatsink, though, this is about the only one I could recommend that I saw.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835999013
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