> > Tongue decompressors are very thick and cheap in bulk. I'm talking about the
> > professional ones that Doctors use.
> You're missing my point. The kind of cheap Chinese fan that's got bad bearings is
> likely also to have super-thin brittle blades, and it's likely to shatter and spray
> sharp pieces all over if you stick a tongue depressor in it.
Many thanks for all the contributions.
I was averse to attempt stopping any fan, due to danger of blades breaking or at least knocking them out of true causing future undue wear in the bearings
However that seems to be exactly what I had done.
Or at least that is the indications so far.
The case I am using has four fans( 1 x 140mm (front low intake by the hard-drives) and 3 x 120 mm (1 top rear intake)(2 top 1 intake, 1 exhaust)), manually controllable as two pairs and powered from PSU. Therefore I was able to eliminate them.
It also has four USB ports on top with quite substantial cables going through the case to connect with USB ports on the output panel of the MB.
The side panel has places for 2 optional 80/120mm fans, the lower was populated with a 120mm powered from the MB. On constructing the system. this fan was obstructed by one of the USB cables being falsely routed, noticed straightaway on initial startup due to noise and rectified.
But possibly enough to knock it out of true running ?
Disconnected that fan prior to sart-up today, and no noise.
EVGA Precision downloaded and GPU fan speed set to 90%.
For some reason it wont go to 100% (GeForce GT430).
GPU Tracker started with both SMP & GPU started.
Minimal to no noise.
GPU temp hovering around 60C.
I am now considering converting the other two 120mm to exhaust and replacing the "defective" on the side panel, configured as intake as mounted below the graphics-card.
The second position on the side-panel is above the graphics-card but almost directly opposite the CPU. Intake or exhaust for this one ?