I have a 10 years old PC that i use in my workshop for surfing the INTERNET , making schematics in KICAD and Linux distro hopping ,i have Xubuntu installed on it ,the machine still works fine but lately the CPU fan start to make horrible noises and got so slow until it burnt eventually. After some digging in my fans box i couldn’t found a fan with the right size, so the life of the burnt CPU fan is not over yet , because it will become a DIY CPU fan adapter ;-D .
Okay!, here is the dead CPU fan, the subject of our Frankenstein experiment.
I have a big box full of fans but most of them are ATX fans ,the only replacement i found is a small dirty CPU fan, its probably from some P3 PC i believe .
Size is not the only difference, the blades also are not the same but i think it’s not a big problem , the main difference will be the air moving noise ,the original fan with small blades is designed to be more quieter.
I think this is the simplest position i only need to drill some holes and join the fans with zip ties.
But first i pulled the blades of the dead fan and with a cutting plier i removed the fan’s stator.
I drilled the holes with a small screw driver , a soldering iron should work but it’s messy ,i also cleaned the edges with a knief
I centered the fan then secured it in place with zip ties, all those zip ties a second life was given to them ;-D
The fan is working as is supposed to , some air escape from the sides but it’s okay i am not using the PC for extensive work so it should be in the safe area.