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Cooling Issue?

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#1 Rangerbob86


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Posted 18 May 2010 - 12:42 PM

I have a Gateway GT5238E PC, and in order to upgrade the hard drive, the air duct needs to be removed. While I was removing that, it broke as it's just cheap plastic. Will I still be able to use my PC? Or will it overheat? I'm not sure how important that piece was. Here is a picture of it:

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It also had a fan in it. Please let me know what you guys think! The computer is off for now just to be sure. Thanks!

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#2 techextreme


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Posted 18 May 2010 - 01:31 PM

Can you give a little more detail or maybe even a picture of what is broken on that shroud?

I will say this. Without that shroud in place, your computer will overheat as the fan inside is the CPU fan.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:10 AM

I had a Dell with the same type of CPU Fan setup. I was able to purchase the whole thing, brand new, from Dell, for about $14. :thumbsup:

Not sure what you are pointing to with those red circles? :flowers: They appear to be the screws that hold the fan to the shroud. Dell uses rubber grommet type thingies but the end result is the same.

You can also try ebay if you dare... :trumpet:


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Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:43 PM

That fan draws air over the proccessor heatsink. Running without it you are risking overheating or possibly even cooking your proccessor.
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