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My Graphics Card fan is extremely loud. It will rev up, then start making a whizzing sound every ~5-10 minutes. It will temporarily stop, then start right back up again. At first I thought it might be the Power Supply or Power Supply fan, so I bought a new case with a power supply but the sound returned. Once the sound starts, if I stop the Graphics Card fan, the sound goes away, so it must be the one causing the problem.

The card is a Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP.

What I'm wondering is, can I take the fan off the card, or should I buy a new fan? I've looked on the internet, and the fans run for about $25 bucks, and that seems like a lot for such an old video card. I'd like to buy a new Graphics Card, but my motherboard doesn't have a PCI Express slot on it.

Should I take the fan off? My system stays pretty cool, the highest I've gotten it during a computer game is 43º Celsius, so would removing the fan be okay? Or should I buy a new fan? Or just replace the card?

Edited by Courier, 10 March 2007 - 10:54 AM.

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That spinning up and spinning down is likely to be spinning faster when the card gets hotter, and lowering down when it gets cooler. A new fan does look like the only option if this is the case...
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