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New Fan Needed, have no clue! pls help!

Hi Guys,

I have a Windows 8 HTPC, im not 100% sure what type of pc it is but it keeps overheating. I've tried the local PC guy (wasnt very helpful).

Any help would be appreciated. If more info is needed please tell me....
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Looks like the fan was running in the picture you took, or no?

If the fan still works at all, then you are probably experiencing an unseated cooler. You'll need to take it apart, pull the cooler off, clean the bottom with alcohol, carefully remove the cpu, clean it's metal lid housing with alcohol, let both parts dry, apply new thermal paste, then put everything back together

If the fan does not work at all, then we'll probably need to see a shot of the board were the name is printed on it. Removing the cooler (which you'll need to do anyway if it isn't working) will help since you should be able to get a shot of the processor if you don't already know which one it is

If it works for a short period before overheating, go to Control Panel -> System and then post up the CPU type and RAM specs. That along with the brand will typically identify everything
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How do you know you need a new fan?

Where is the PC located? Is it in a closed cabinet with no influx of fresh cool air? Are there other heat generating equipment?

There is a lot more to PC cooling than just a fan. You can put a big ass fan on it, but if the ambient air is hot, it won't help you much.

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