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Foxconn CPU fan making noise

My Foxconn CPU fan is making a constant rattling noise. Is it ok to use my computer? Where do I find the specifications to replace it? Is it fairly easy to replace? Thank you!

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It sounds like the fan bearing is shot, I'd recomend not using the computer until fan is replaced.
yes it is possible to replace the fan, i would recomend that you replace it with an aftermarket cooler. all you need is what kind of CPU you have, then find out what kind of socket it is, from there you can find the cooler you would like.

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