Wednesday afternoon I woke my computer from sleep mode and it made this awful noise. I knew from the start that the problem was a fan, so I shut it down and cleaned them.
Well, that didn't fix it.
So I started testing fans to see which it was, and quickly figured out that it was coming from the power supply.
I took it out and dusted it out good. Still no dice.
Most techs at this point would replace that power supply, and that's what I was leaning towards.
Except I didn't feel like buying a new one.
Because I'm cheap and replacing the fan is hella cheaper.
So yesterday after lunch I bought a fan to replace the one that was bad. I had to more or less take the power supply completely apart to get the old one to remove it. Two of the screws were in places I couldn't get my screwdriver so I had to get creative.
Then I slapped the new one in and tested it on the power supply's internal fan plug. No dice. Oh well, I said to myself, I'll just hook it up like any other case fan.
Put it all back together and now here I am.
Even with as much of a pain as that was, taking at least an hour and a half, the $40 or so I saved by just buying a new fan was worth the effort.