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    gpu borked or salvagable?

    I bought a 4870 512mb like 3 weeks ago, worked for a week and i couldnt stand the cooler on it (really isthe worst custom cooler powercolor ever made)as it sounded like a jet engine!. Got a watercooling block, applied it and all was going good (i had done leak test prior to mounting to card), was in the process of booting it but then i noticed that one of the stop caps must have come loose so the o ring didnt fully seal, leaked a fair bit so turned everything off and screwed it back down.


    Waited about 10 hours and tried it again after it was dry, no luck no output and i had the 1st led and 3rd led on (starting from the closest to case side panel). Had a look and it appears its the error code for something not correct, i decided to just take the block off and put the old jet engine back on. I put that back in and i got a display! But one major problem.... the fan is not working? Im not sure if its a faulty fan header or the fan, it died so the card gets extremely hot within the minute of booting (i get to windows loaded all fine, then i shut it down).

    Any idea on how i could somehow sort this cause its not a standard 3pin fan (well its 3pin but its a tiny connector!). Should i just somehow take the fan out the heatsink and see if i can mount a bigger on on there?. Im not to fussed about the card as i did take it as a "count your losses" and gave up and got this gtx 460 which im happy with now but if i can get it working then i can sell it for probs £30+ and put it towards a new display/SSD.

    believe the card is this one http://www.powercolor.com/global/pro...ures.asp?id=79
    Cooler looks good, poo in real life haha.


    On a side note, does anyone know why my EK light block has a fair bit of black or something forming? It looks like its corroding.... i dont get how thats possible as its been left in its packet and was thoroughly cleaned and well its copper!. Be nice to sell this block aswell .
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    Re: gpu borked or salvagable?

    It looks like a 80mm fan could fit in the heatsink, if you cut out the back X shape that holds the fan to to the frame you could wedge it into the heastink or try gluing it. Or zip tie the fan around the whole card.

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    Re: gpu borked or salvagable?

    I had a quick look and ive managed to get the bracket off(the grey plastic with sticker) as it was only held in by 4 screws, got just the fan recessed in the middle of the heatsink but im sure your idea of zip tieing it to the whole thing could work.

    Got to see how to remove this fan first but thanks for the help .
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