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January 24, 2013 5:54:18 PM

My top case fan that came installed with the case makes a consistent ticking noise when i boot up my computer. It quiets after 20 minutes or so but it really bothers me. Is there anything i could do to make the sound stop?

Its a self built system and the case is a HAF cooler master not sure exactly which model.

Thanks

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January 24, 2013 6:41:05 PM

CHANGE THE FAN ...
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January 24, 2013 7:20:56 PM

if the fan is on auto it could be at lower RPM's it makes that noise as your system gets hotter the fan speeds up and stops the sound, i know right when i boot mine up my top fan makes a funny noise and then levels out after a few seconds and i keep my fan full on. other than that check to see if somethings in the way and if you think you can try to check the bearings and such if all else get a new fan.
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January 24, 2013 9:15:09 PM

could you reccomend a fan speed management program?
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January 24, 2013 9:27:03 PM

is it possible the fan is hitting the spokes? a hardware pronblem
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January 25, 2013 12:26:33 AM

you can change fan speed in the bios if you want to. You should also be able to set it to keep your CPU to a certain temperature as well.
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January 25, 2013 10:32:51 PM

tried changing speed, did nothing. I opened the canse and dusted off the blades and spokes and the sound decreased a little. would a video help?
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January 25, 2013 10:43:02 PM

Change the fan and you must know the size of it before buying a new one. Usually a top is fan exaust fan that blows up hot air from the system.
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January 25, 2013 10:48:34 PM

the system is brand new :(  and the fan came installed in the case already. theres got to be something else i can do ?
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January 25, 2013 10:59:26 PM

You should still be able to remove the fan even if it is preinstalled. If nothing is working then you just have to replace the fan. My top fan also made some weird noises so I had to replace it. Fans usually cost less than $10. But for fans that are horizontal, which I'm guessing your top fan is, you want a ball bearing fan i believe, as sleeve bearing fans make weird noises (possibly the same as yours) and can die rather quickly.
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January 25, 2013 11:00:48 PM

it works, its just the sound that annoys me. could you direct me to a replacement fan on a website possibly?" im not to saavy when it comes to fans and what not. i'm a novice. this is the first system i built. and its the fan that blows air our the top so its important. thank you everyone
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January 25, 2013 11:20:09 PM

I'm not sure what size or if you want LEDs or not, but you can set the type, size, etc. on Newegg.com. I tried looking, but it seems the whisper quiet ball bearing fans are more expensive, not sure how big of deal noise is to you.
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January 25, 2013 11:21:07 PM

its important to me, could you toss me a link? thanks so much man.
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January 25, 2013 11:33:44 PM

Here's a link to all fans if you want to find one yourself http://www.newegg.com/Case-Fans/SubCategory/ID-573

This one looks pretty good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are fluid dynamic fans, which also work well horizontally
This one is really quiet, maybe a bit ugly though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Black version? seems basically identical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Oh and make sure your fan is actually 120mm, I'm assuming it is since most top fans are. Huh after reading more on the two fluid dynamic ones people are saying they are having problems with mounting horizontally. It's probably just the company so try this one instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 26, 2013 12:05:47 AM

timnswede said:
Here's a link to all fans if you want to find one yourself http://www.newegg.com/Case-Fans/SubCategory/ID-573

This one looks pretty good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are fluid dynamic fans, which also work well horizontally
This one is really quiet, maybe a bit ugly though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Black version? seems basically identical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Oh and make sure your fan is actually 120mm, I'm assuming it is since most top fans are.


i have an extra 120mm with a red led here that is identical to my side fan. could i use that? although my side one only spins at 400-600 rpm but my current top one spins faster (1200-1300). I would'nt want a slow fan up top. ill try it though
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January 26, 2013 12:16:03 AM

hey tim, after looking at it and at one of my fans in my case. i think my top case fan is bigger than 120mm because the smaller ones i have say 120mm. the top one says 120M'N'

im really confused. woudl a picture help?
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January 26, 2013 12:21:13 AM

I honestly have no idea what 120M'N' is. Easiest way to find out the size would be to just measure it with a ruler. Look at this picture to see how to measure it. http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/3420/capturejma.jpg

Or even easier would be if you could find out the name of your case. You don't have the box or a manual laying around?
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January 26, 2013 12:25:24 AM

Its an HAF cooler master mid tower. maybe ill try switching the two fans because maybe one works better horizontally. im going to post pictures soon. thanks for all your help.
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