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Is there a way to jury rig a fan to the side panel?

Well, I got me a new fan and it's runs amazingly. The only problem is my gpu still wants to raise to 75c when I play LOTRO on the lowest settings, so I need a way to mount a fan on the side panel pointing directly at my GPU.
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  1. Well some cases have holes on the side you can just add the fan to.

    If it does not have a place for fan, but has the vents you can get some strong double sided tape and just tape the fan on the side.

    If there are no vents you are out of luck unless you want to drill holes into your case.
  2. What case do you have? If you want external air, either drill or cut a hole in the side panel. Or, you could get bolts, drill holes through the side in the exact pattern of your fan mounting holes, and then use the bolts as standoffs.
  3. 75c isn't necessarily a problem. What graphics card is it (including brand because the coolers can be very different)?
    Usually you place fans to bring cool air into the case or exhaust hot air. You could maybe cable tie a fan to blow air on the graphics card, but it is just going to be circulating hot air in the case. What case do you have?
  4. VincentP said:
    75c isn't necessarily a problem. What graphics card is it (including brand because the coolers can be very different)?
    Usually you place fans to bring cool air into the case or exhaust hot air. You could maybe cable tie a fan to blow air on the graphics card, but it is just going to be circulating hot air in the case. What case do you have?


    Speaking to everyone; I have a stock HP Pavilion Elite 580t case and a nvidia 550ti not sure of the brand.
  5. Practice with one of these, then go for it.
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  7. pfunkmd said:


    Nice one.
    For the OP....in the opening shots of this, notice the wide array of tools behind the presenter. This indicates some experience with making holes in things.
  8. FluffyMyNameIs said:
    VincentP said:
    75c isn't necessarily a problem. What graphics card is it (including brand because the coolers can be very different)?
    Usually you place fans to bring cool air into the case or exhaust hot air. You could maybe cable tie a fan to blow air on the graphics card, but it is just going to be circulating hot air in the case. What case do you have?


    Speaking to everyone; I have a stock HP Pavilion Elite 580t case and a nvidia 550ti not sure of the brand.



    Computers like HP and Dell are many times proprietary, meaning that serous Jerry rigging is needed just for an extra fan. I know, I own a Precision 490 for my MC server, and it has given me a great time cooling the FBDIMM.
  9. This machine came with the option of a GTX 460 or Radeon HD 6850, both of which are 150W cards that generate more heat than the GTX 550 Ti at 106W.
    The case should have no problems keeping your card cool enough.
    A Toms hardware review on the GTX 550 Ti shows the Zotac model at 56C above ambient temperature at load:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-gf116-radeon-hd-5770,2892-16.html

    If ambient temperature was 20C, that is 76C.
    Your computer is working as it should and you don't need another fan.
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