Originally Posted by Mfusick
Is it going to be black and gold ?
Well....as a matter of fact, yes! LOL I did the replacement, it was very easy. I took pics, so if anyone else wants to do this, no need to feel any trepidation in doing so.
So once again, here is the starting image:
Power down the machine and unplug the power and SATA cables. Remove these screws and then slide out the drive bay. You do not have to remove the HDDs from it.
Remove the four screws from the side with all the connectors on it and the cover with fan comes right off - be careful as the fan power cable is VERY VERY VERY short.
Here is the fan cable and connector - it is a standard 3 pin connector for a standard sized 80mm fan.
Here is the old fan info:
Here is the new fan - yes, it IS Steelers Black and Gold!
Here it is, installed. Take note that there is a nice area for the much longer (standard length) power cord for the new fan to be curled up into. Be careful with how you route the power cable out the slot meant for it to ensure you do not cover the screw hole. The screws are very small and they screw into thin pillars that slide into the normal screw holes in the fan. I used a small regular screwdriver to slowly pry out the old fan since it is a tight rit. Putting the new fan in was easy.
And here it is, all reassembled. BLACK AND GOLD!!!
The new fans push about half the amount of air as the old fans, but it is still a lot of air. I also can barely hear them outside the case, whereas the original fans reminded me of leaf blowers. Now I just have to buy two new 80mm fans for the back of the case - which is where I took these from.