Just got my new Dell Dimension 8300 2 days ago and the while in general I am very pleased with the performance the fan noise is making us crazy-it starts out quiet enough, but just play Warcraft for a while and you can't hear yourself think! I know that I can contact Dell and ask for a replacement, but after spending some time searching these boards, this appears to be a common problem and I will simply get the same fan if I ask for a replacement. I have replaced every part on a computer except a fan and I am not electrically inclined. However, I am willing to spend the money and time to replace the fan if there is one that can easily be swapped without cutting, soldering, crimping,etc. My question is has someone found a 3rd party fan that has the same type of connectors, appropriate size and cooling specs that I can buy? Are there any good step by step instructions to do this?
Thanks in advance,
OMG, I was just going to start a new thread on this when I came across this one. I've had my 8300 since christmas now, but although I have noticed this since then, lately the fan is driving me CRAZY!! After 10-15 minutes you cannot here yourself thing and I have to shut it down... I cannot play games i.e Flight Simulator or anything else for that matter because it gets so loud ! Also if you run programs like virus scans it just goes crazy. Sometimes when I switch on the computer after turning it off after the noise gets too bad, it goes so loud for the first few seconds I really do thing that's its going to blow up!!
I thought it was because I had a Radeon Pro graphicd card??
Anyway, can this be changed like Laurie asked?
the funny thing is the power supply fan is totally silent. You don't even know it's running.
How hot really does a cpu get that the fan has too run so fast???? If you want a good laugh, install chessmater 9000 and play some games.
Jet engine time.
Yes, Mary G, I do understand that I can contact Dell but I also understand that they won't provide me with the information I am looking for, namely a third party fan that will do the job but do so quietly. I got a great price for a good performance machine and while I am somewhat disappointed that Dell has not changed their design given pretty significant feedback that this fan is not acceptable, I also understand the probable whys and wherefores behind this. I was just hoping that some other user who already dealt with this could give me some specifics.
They use an odd fan size. I was never able to find any online. I think the manuf..... custom build it for Dell all the fans.
Im afraid to ever buy that XP they have. The top of the line DellIt has like 2 cpu fans I think! What is the noise rating on it?????????
I bought my 4300 after reading a review online. They guy doing the review said it's dead silent! Maybe he was deaf. How can you not hear it????
Please someone write Dell, and tell them we want quieter fans in the future.
Punjabimunda - although that may have been your particular problem, it is not what most of us have experienced. The problem is the use of a thermoregulated fan that triggers too early and sounds like a turbo jet.
Original Poster - search the forum, there have been quite a number of posts from various folks that describe methods of swapping out the fan. The size is a standard 92mm fan, 3 pin.