I have an issue with trying to replace it though. I'm on a prebuilt ibuypower rig. The wires from the front fans run behind the motherboard and I can't trace where they go. I ran bios and only the pump and cpu fan show up, so that means the front fans must be connected to the PSU? However I removed the psu and the construction of the case seems to be such that I have no access to where ever these fans are connected. Any insight on replacement would be appreciated, but I've sent an e-mail to ibuypower with my specs hoping that they can tell me how to go about replacing the fan.
In the short-term though, this fan noise is really annoying. Any way I can safely turn the fan off without disconnecting it? I considered just sticking a toothpick or something between the blades, but not sure if that will cause the PSU to send extra voltage to the fan or something like that. I also considered just cutting the fan wire and wrapping it in electrical tape till I can replace it, but without seeing the other ends of the wires I'm afraid both the front fans might run off the same wire, and cutting it could cause them both to fail.
I'm not worried about cooling for the record. Never had a problem with it before, and as long as this fan isn't working properly I'm leaving the side/front panels off the case.
I don't know a ton about hardware, so any help is appreciated! I can post pictures of the inside of the case if that might help. Thanks in advance.
EDIT: Included images of inside of case; the bottom fan in the pair is the one in question, as you can hopefully see the wires disappear behind the motherboard and I can't trace them. That hanging wire in the front is for the LED in the faceplate, which is currently removed to get at the fan.
As far as specs go, most of the relevant information I have for the actual build and layout of the case is from the original e-mail I received when I ordered the pc. Most of it is generic info but hopefully it will be of some use.
|Case||iBUYPOWER Case Builder - Create Your Build-|
|iBUYPOWER Elite Build Package||None-|
|Front Panel||Steel Front Panel CB008-|
|Case Fans||Default Case Fan-|
|Side Panel - Component Side||Steel Panel with Airflow Vent-|
|Side Panel - Non Component Side||Steel Panel with Airflow Vent-|
|iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction||None-|
|iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion||None-|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5-9600K Processor (6x 3.70GHz/9MB L3 Cache)-|
|Fans: How Many?||3-|
|Processor Cooling||iBUYPOWER 120mm Addressable RGB Liquid Cooling System - Black-Free Upgrade to iBUYPOWER 240mm Fan (Black) [Z370]|
|Liquid Coolant Color||None-|
|Memory||16 GB [8 GB x2] DDR4-3200 Memory Module-Certified Major Brand Gaming Memory Free Upgrade to XPG D41 RGB Memory|
|Video Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 6GB (VR-Ready)-|
|Motherboard||ASUS PRIME Z390-P -- Realtek LAN, USB 3.1 (6 Rear, 4 Front), ASUS 5X Protection III-|
|Power Supply||600 Watt - Thermaltake Smart Series - 80 PLUS Gold-|
|Advance Cabling Options||Standard Default Cables-|
|M.2/PCI-E SSD Card||None-|
|Intel Optane Memory Accelerator||None-|
|Primary Hard Drive||2 TB Hard Drive -- 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive|
|Data Hard Drive||None-|
|Media Card Reader / Writer||None-|
|Sound Card||3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard-|
|Network Card||Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)-|
|USB Expansion Card||None-|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home + Office 365 Trial [FREE 30 Day Trial]-(64-bit)|