Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget?

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2012/03/03 02:34:43 (permalink)
I'm very new to tinkering with the insides of my computer, but after checking around in the knowledgebase, it looks like replacement heatsink/fan devices for my particular card (512-P3-N954-TR) are not stocked.  Knowing that, does anyone have some suggestions on what kind of makeshift solution I duct tape together to keep using this card?  I'm on whatever budget is smaller than a shoestring budget, so buying a new card is out of the question, and it'd be ideal if I can keep the parts for this little project under about $20 at the most.  Links to specific products at reputable online retailers like Amazon or Newegg would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/03 04:12:58 (permalink)
    Further investigation (and cleaning) has revealed that in reality, the part I need is not so much the entire heatsink/fan apparatus as the fan itself, which appears to have become unbalanced either in the course of cleaning it, or from having worked through so much dust and grime build-up over the years.
     
    That fan is:
     
    Power Logic DC Brushless Fan
    Model PLD05010S12H
     
    So my next question is, even if EVGA doesn't offer a replacement fan/heatsink apparatus for my card, do they still use this fan in the heatsink/fan apparati of cards for which a replacement part is stocked?
     
    A quick googling found me this link, which allows me to buy this part... from China.  For about $32.  Really, Internet?
     

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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/03 04:19:11 (permalink)
    Ah, I can't post links yet.  Anyway, more searching has widened things a bit.  I'm now looking for either that same fan (PLD05010S12H), which I've found as low as about $14, but I'm also wondering if I can get away with using ANY fan that has the same physical and electrical characteristics, DC 12V 0.2A, 47x47x10mm, and a 2-Wire, 2-Pin Connector.
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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/03 05:16:29 (permalink)
    Last post for the night, I have found an aftermarket heatsink/fan apparatus that specifies compatibility with the 9500 GT, the ZALMAN ZMVF700CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler.  Unfortunately it also specifies a price of about $30 at Newegg, so my hopefully final question is, can anyone point me to a more affordable option, including replacing just the fan in the stock heatsink?
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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/03 08:18:15 (permalink)
    Not really sure what heatsink for that card. Can I ask you this though. Why are you trying to get a aftermarket heatsink for that card? They don't really run hot.


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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/03 12:21:11 (permalink)
     
    I believe he said it got damaged or "unbalanced" so I'm guessing it is noisy.
     
    If your strapped for cash, I would just pull the fan itself off, or unplug it if you can't get it off and ziptie on a decent 60mm fan on there. 
     
    Something like this.   Keep in mind that these fans will run at full speed unless you have a fan controller.  So anything over 20db might be a tad noisy.  But your also going to want a fan with at least 10cfm.  And mount the fan blowing into the card.  A complete 60mm list from the egg.
     
    If you really want a new cooler, to me, it looks very similar to the 7600gt and 8600gt coolers.  Check the mounting demensions, but that my give you a larger selection if your looking on ebay.
     
    GL.
     

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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/03 13:02:48 (permalink)
    Yah, the fan is sticking and/or damaged, I can get it to spin if I poke at it a bit and watch it closely.  Once it's going, it seems to do well enough, but if it ever stops, then the card temp shoots up past about 115 pretty fast, so I have to keep the Precision app up on my G19 display and peek at it constantly.
     
    I don't really have a huge concern about noise at the moment, but I don't really know hardware very well.  My biggest concerns were effectiveness of a jury-rigged mod (like the zip-tie suggestion), and having a place to plug the aftermarket fan in, if the power cord built into it didn't fit the card.  I also don't want to damage the card by plugging in a fan that has a different voltage or amperage requirement than the stock fan, but I don't know how big a worry that is.  Does the card support powering fans of a varying range of voltages and amperages?  Where would I even find that out?  Seems like kind of an obscure spec.
     
    Thanks for the info in any case!
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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/03 13:31:13 (permalink)
     
    If you going to strap on a fan, it will be plugged into a molex connector from the psu or a fan headeron the motherboard, not the card.  So it won't matter.  And it will probably cool the card better than the stock fan most likely.  Like I said either remove the OE fan from the heatsink, or unplug it if your going this route.
     
    If your not concerned about noise, getting something around 14-20 cfm would be nice, with the lower the better db rating.

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    Re:Building an aftermarket cooling system for a 9500 GT on a budget? 2012/03/05 20:50:37 (permalink)
    clean the card all up, re tim the sink and zip tye a big on it
    I'd save the $ for a new card IMO
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