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Windows 7: I need a PCI slot fan, any suggestions?

17 Jun 2013   #11
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well no, because I don't have a pile of cash to throw at this. I already spent $65 on this PC and the HDD failed 2 days after I began using it. I have to put a new HDD in and I can't have it eaten up by heat. Since no one will straight answer me on why the HDD is running so hot I have to assume it's hot because of case design.

My options are a PCI low profile slot fan or a HDD cooler. I can't use a 5.25 bay cooler because I only have one such bay in this computer. My only option for HDD cooling is something that can sit right into the 3.5 bay above it where the floppy drive was sitting, the same way a standard HDD or floppy would mount in, and they seem to make few of those type of cooler. I can't use one that mounts to the bottom of the drive because this case uses a plastic HDD caddy.

So I'm going to have to get this up and running for cheap otherwise I may as well buy another used PC. Failing other options I can drill out holes on the top panel to mount fans but the power cables will have to be long.


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17 Jun 2013   #12
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I concur the best solution would be to bring in more cool air and try to exhaust more hot air. Maybe the solution would be to add a low profile fans on the side panel with one drawing cool air and the other exhausting hot?
This is not a standing PC tower, this is an Optiplex "desktop" that sits flat. There are no options to mount them on the sides. Holes in the front, and in the back.
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17 Jun 2013   #13
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

I repeat what I said above. A case fan attached as in the pic below would do a lot better than anything else even if it is a bit smaller.
I need a PCI slot fan, any suggestions?-2qhh.jpg
Measure and buy a case fan that would fit, then remove the PCI slot covers and use metal wire to keep it in place over the hole. Will look very ghetto (or not, depending on your skill) but will keep stuff cool.


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17 Jun 2013   #14
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This could be what I need, it's made for a floppy drive 3.5 bay
EVERCOOL SB-F3 Case Fan - Newegg.com
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17 Jun 2013   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diosoth View Post
Since it seems I need a low profile PCI slot cooler, this looks to be one of my only options.

Low Profile PC Case Video VGA Slot Cooling Fan Cards | eBay


Or perhaps one of these though they don't specify the slot size it takes up

Amazon.com: Titan Adjustable Dual Fan PCI Slot VGA Cooler (TTC-SC07TZ): Computers & Accessories
Neither of those will move air out of the case; they just blow air around inside the case. If you look at the photos carefully in the flea-bay listing, two are designed to mount in a PCI slot and the other two in a PCI-e slot. The two kinds aren't interchangeable.
I concur the best solution would be to bring in more cool air and try to exhaust more hot air. Maybe the solution would be to add a low profile fans on the side panel with one drawing cool air and the other exhausting hot?
Or mayhap a side panel fan and a blow hole (top panel fan). I tried to do without the blow hole on my build in an effort to maintain positive pressure in the case to keep dust out (it's extremely dusty where I live). After blocking off the blow hole, I had three 120mm intake fans (two front and one side) pulling in air through filters and one 120mm exhaust fan. When I stress tested the CPU, it would quickly overheat because I wasn't getting the hot air out of the case fast enough (it did just fine with the case side off). I reopened the blowhole and replaced the fan (140mm). The case now cools much better.

Is it possible the existing fans move too little air and mayhap replacing them with quieter, higher speed fans would move enough more air?
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17 Jun 2013   #16
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
I repeat what I said above. A case fan attached as in the pic below would do a lot better than anything else even if it is a bit smaller.
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Measure and buy a case fan that would fit, then remove the PCI slot covers and use metal wire to keep it in place over the hole. Will look very ghetto (or not, depending on your skill) but will keep stuff cool.
I think a pair of 40mm fans attached to that grid above the serial port could work just as well and be easier to attach. No idea how I'd power them though. One could run off the 3-pin port but not sure about two. They don't seem to make those with Molex connectors.

If I go with the slots a 70mm fan is the biggest I could fit in.
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17 Jun 2013   #17
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Is it possible the existing fans move too little air and mayhap replacing them with quieter, higher speed fans would move enough more air?

There is one fan in this case by the CPU. Here's the exact insides of this case



Mine is nearly identical- I don't have that little button/switch thing that goes to the 3-pin port(I would assume it's just a "case open/close" detector toggle switch, it's not a fan) but it's otherwise the same.
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17 Jun 2013   #18
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I've used these before and it's better than nothing and your case has nothing. I would add one of these and a couple of 40mm exhaust fans.

EVERCOOL HD-F117 Aluminum HDD Cooling Device - Newegg.com
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17 Jun 2013   #19
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diosoth View Post
I've got an old Dell Optiplex 745, regular tower size, in need of extra cooling and it looks like all I can put in will be a PCI slot cooler.

So, what can anyone suggest for case cooling? This needs to cool the case, not just a GPU card. Would a 2-fan unit be a better choice? Should I get something bigger that takes up 2 slots? I want a nice air pull without paying an absolute fortune. Molex plug preferred for power but I do have a Molex to 3-pin adapter on hand if need be.

edit: this one maybe? depends on if it an cool the full case and not just the area around the PCI slots
AOC FC-2000 PCI Slot Case Cooler - Newegg.com

You could eliminate all this together and Migrate to a better Tower with room for better Air Circulation
It would only make sense and pretty much will keep you from spending in the future if you choose to junk it and build something better
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17 Jun 2013   #20
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diosoth View Post
I've got an old Dell Optiplex 745, regular tower size, in need of extra cooling and it looks like all I can put in will be a PCI slot cooler.

So, what can anyone suggest for case cooling? This needs to cool the case, not just a GPU card. Would a 2-fan unit be a better choice? Should I get something bigger that takes up 2 slots? I want a nice air pull without paying an absolute fortune. Molex plug preferred for power but I do have a Molex to 3-pin adapter on hand if need be.

edit: this one maybe? depends on if it an cool the full case and not just the area around the PCI slots
AOC FC-2000 PCI Slot Case Cooler - Newegg.com

You could eliminate all this together and Migrate to a better Tower with room for better Air Circulation
It would only make sense and pretty much will keep you from spending in the future if you choose to junk it and build something better
Only issue with that is if this Dell's mobo is even a standard configuration, looking quickly at it I'm thinking it's not?
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