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Old 02-08-2014, 05:55 AM
 
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Short of taking the CPU apart, is there a place in the computer that identifies what fan is in the CPU? Or any other hardware, for that matter? Is there any kind of record we can look at that tells what we need from the seller to replace a piece of hardware? With my former computers, there was a booklet that identified the hardware but not with this one. Thanks
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:41 AM
 
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No need to take anything apart, just pop the side cover off. There are software tools that will show you hardware info, motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc, but CPU fans have no such ID's. You could also look up the make and model of the PC on a parts site and see if they have a part number listed.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:48 AM
 
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Your CPU fan is going to be the main fan on your motherboard. There really aren't going to be other fans there unless you are looking at your video card. Different fans will come off differently, and this will depend completely on which type of CPU that you have.

If you don't know how to identify the CPU, it really makes me wonder if you should be taking your computer apart though. You might do more damage than good here.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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No need to take anything apart, just pop the side cover off. There are software tools that will show you hardware info, motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc, but CPU fans have no such ID's. You could also look up the make and model of the PC on a parts site and see if they have a part number listed.
Thank you. I'll see what I can find.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:51 AM
 
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If you simply want to know the type of hardware that you have, go to Computer -- > Control Panel -- > System --> Device Manager and it'll give you the complete list of all your hardware
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:52 AM
 
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If you simply want to know the type of hardware that you have, go to Computer -- > Control Panel -- > System --> Device Manager and it'll give you the complete list of all your hardware
And nowhere will it mention the CPU fan.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:59 AM
 
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And nowhere will it mention the CPU fan.

Touche, but he wasn't very specific in what he wanted to know about the fan. If he wants the actual brand of the fan he's going to have to open up the computer and see it. However, if he just wants to know what kind of fan he needs to buy for his processor, he can just look at the processor type and get a new fan.

In almost all cases, a 3rd party fan is going to be better than the stock fan anyway. Some new Artic Silver and a new fan might not hurt =p
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:01 AM
 
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Unless it's something like some model Dell's where the rear case fan is actually the CPU fan, in which case knowing the CPU type won't help.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:06 AM
 
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Unless it's something like some model Dell's where the rear case fan is actually the CPU fan, in which case knowing the CPU type won't help.
Well I've never seen anything like that. In any case, it's not too often that he's going to see something like that.. I'd still say the info I gave him is fairly sound.

Also, he said "or any other hardware for that matter", which is easily solved by looking at hardware manager.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:12 AM
 
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Here you go, they were actually quite common

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