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Cpu fan failure message when booting

When booting up my Dell Dimension C521 an error message pops up theat states "cpu fan failure" I immediately shut down in fear of damaging something.
Where can I buy a replacment fan? Dell is useless because it is out of warranty. I just want to replace the fan but am having a problem finding one to buy.

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Be sure to get the correct size if replacing only the fan. I tried finding one myself a couple months ago with no luck at the local electronic stores so replaced the heatsink/fan combination.

Here are some listed at Google Shopping to order online but my local Best Buy, Circuit City and other electronic stores did not have any.

http://www.google.com/products?sourceid=navclient&rlz=1T4GGLR_enUS207US207&q=cpu%20replacement%20fans&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf

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The CPU fan and assembly is easy to replace, but proprietary. You will have to purchase from Dell.

Go to their spare parts purchase site here:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/DellPartsFamily.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&redirect=1

You can download the service manual here:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimc521/

Let me know if you have questions.

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Sad to say but this model dell uses a specific fan made for dell. Unless you want to modify your cpu cooling system you will need to contact dell for a system specific replacement part. Hope this helps.

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