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Best way to add fan to heatsink on PCIe card?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have this PCIe card and I need to attach a fan on the heatsink as its pretty hot.

 

However I am not sure exactly the best way to do this, even with zip ties.

 

thoughts? Direction?

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If you're not worried about how pretty it looks twist ties around the heatsink pegs to the fan mount holes will get it done.

 

If you want it done prettier a 3D printer is really good for this.

 

Also I wouldn't recommend mounting the fan blowing air away from the heatsink as you just have. There's no seal to make sure all the air gets pulled through the heatsink and the front of the fan may possibly grind against the heatsink.


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High quality rubber bands where my goto prior to 3d-printing.

Zip ties are also fine. Just place them around other things like those mounting studs. Be creative.  Where they are right now they might cause problems with the PCIE slot.

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You'll want to flip that fan around though, so it pushes cold(er) air through the fins.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

2 questions:

 

1) What do you mean about mounting the fan blowing air away from the heatsink? How should I mount it?

2) I didn't think about twist ties... that's a good point.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, James Evens said:

High quality rubber bands where my goto prior to 3d-printing.

Zip ties are also fine. Just place them around other things like those mounting studs. Be creative.  Where they are right now they might cause problems with the PCIE slot.

 

yeah problem is it does not go through those mounting studs I believe. I'll try. I bought a bag of 1000 small zip ties for this. LOL.

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6 minutes ago, AhmedIlyas said:

2 questions:

 

1) What do you mean about mounting the fan blowing air away from the heatsink? How should I mount it?

2) I didn't think about twist ties... that's a good point.

The way you have the fan orientation in your picture it's not going to blow air down onto the heatsink. It's going to pull air away. Not ideal without a half decent seal forcing air through the heatsink. Better off flipping the fan the other way around.

 

I've been in your potion before. I used tying wire but a twist tie is very similar. Slightly stiffer.


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31 minutes ago, AhmedIlyas said:

I bought a bag of 1000 small zip ties for this. LOL.

zp ties: works fine

cheap ruber bands: works fine and dampens vibration

higher quality bands: don't break after a few weeks of use

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks. I'll order some cable ties instead. That may make it easier it seems than the zip ties given how the card is.

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