Background: My socket 1155 CPU fan (Intel brand) struggles to move, very likely because of dust buildup (there was quite a bit of dust in the case when I opened it).
Now I know that computer fans can be repaired, and I've done that myself for a power supply fan. However, I'm struggling with opening up the Intel CPU fan: Removing the sticker doesn't reveal the usual pad over the axis which you can open. Looking inside the slit (which is quite large, making it easy for dust to get in) shows the part with the coils is attached by contacts which move a bit, but I can't separate the assembly.
Therefore I'm looking a socket 115x CPU fan with the following characteristics:
- As silent as possible
- Normal cooling requirements, the CPU is not overclocked etc.
- At least somewhat resistant to dust getting in (no big openings like in the Intel fan)
- Repairable: Should be constructed in a way that makes it possible to open it up, lubricate the axis, and clean dust if necessary.
The last point is the most important one, and I hope to find someone here who has done this himself, and can share the brand and model for which it worked.
(Yes, I know I can just pay the 15 EUR everytime it breaks down and get a new one, and that this is less effort than repairing, yada yada, but it's a matter of principle: Why throw away a perfectly good component that just needs a bit of cleaning or lubricating? There's enough electronic garbage, I don't need unnecessarily add to it.)
(I couldn't find tags like "fan" or "repairable", "fan-controller" seems to be the best that I can find. Please edit with better tags as appropriate).