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Dell XPS 8100 Desktop sounds like a jet!

My XPS is incredibly loud/noisy.  The case fan at the back is noisy as well as the CPU/heatsink fan.  I'm not sure how much noise is being added by the video card fan or the power supply fan.  I think there might be a fifth fan, but I forgot to look for it.  Replacing the fan at the back of the case looks easy enough, but replacing the heatsink/CPU fan looks more complicated.  Also, I believe there is software that one can use to regulate fan usage based upon temp. settings. Any suggestions on replacement fans, software and other fixes?  Also, how difficult is it to replace the CPU fan that sits on top of the heatskink?
TIA!!!!!

Some system info:

Dell XPS 8100 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz
Clock Speed 2.9GHz
L2 Cahce Size 1024

System Board Manufacturer
Dell Inc. Product 0T568R
Chipset Intel PCH H57

Processors Name Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz
Cores 4
Threads 8
Signature 106E5h Family 6h Model 1Eh Revision B1
Technology 45 nm Performance
Max Qualified Speed 2.80 GHz
Max Turbo Boost Speed 3.46 GHz
Current Speed 1.20 GHz Multiplier x 9.0 (9 - 21)
Max Turbo Boost Ratio x 26
Bus Speed 133.00 MHz
Features MMX, PSE36, EM64T, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, IDA, XD, VMX Cache

Summary
L1 Instruction Cache 4 x 32.00 kB
L1 Data Cache 4 x 32.00 kB
L2 Cache 4 x 256.00 kB
L3 Cache 8.00 MB

Core : 0 Temperature 43 C
Threads 2
Core : 1 Temperature 41 C
Threads 2
Core : 2 Temperature 41 C
Threads 2
Core : 3 Temperature 41 C
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Re: Dell XPS 8100 Desktop sounds like a jet!

sawdin,

Please review the Service Manual for disassembly instructions: http://dell.to/Y7BEWy

One thing to do is to move the PC into your garage. Open the case cover. Blow out all of the dust from the fans, case, etc. using the canned air. Move the PC back into the room and turn it on. Check then to see if the noise has lessened.

 



 

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