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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a GTX 1080 (founders card) that I got when they first came out a few years ago. For the last few weeks I have been hearing a really loud fan in my system that wasn't there before. It only would happen for a few minutes right at start up but I always assumed that it was the cheap case fans that came in my corsair case. Well today I actually opened up my case to see what it was and it was actually my GPU. I pushed the GPU up a bit and it stopped doing it, so now I'm wondering what I should do. I took the card out, and put it back in and for now its fixed but I don't really want to risk burning out the fan. Has anyone ever had a solution to this before? 

I saw some brackets on amazon that claim to fix this problem by pushing the card up. Do these work? Here is what I saw:

If the fan does go bad eventually how hard is it to replace? What kind of fan would you guys recommend putting on my GTX 1080. I would like to get a few more years out of this card. 

I also included a picture of my case so you can see how the card sits in it. I think it doesn't help that the memory modules are pushed right up against the card. 

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I use this Cooler Master VGA holder thing to help hold up my GPU. As far as replacing fans, it shouldn't be too hard depending on if you can find a suitable replacement for them. I would also suggest, if you haven't already, take the card out and give it a good cleaning - and the rest of the system, too. If you're comfortable with taking the card apart you could do a full clean that way. I've done it for a friend's GTX 1080ti and it actually got her temps down after I cleaned it out and replaced the thermal paste, but I don't recommend it if you don't know what you're doing.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I just bought a GPU bracket off amazon, hopefully that fixes the issue. I also found a couple of 3rd party GPU fans that I could install if the fan starts to seem like it could go bad. I looked on youtube and it doesn't seem much harder than installing a CPU cooler apart from making sure the memory is being cooled as well. I'm going to wait and see first though. 

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