I have a Dell Precision 670 Workstation. I like to upgrade my RAM memory to over 4GB. The thing is, Dell requires that I need to buy a Dell shroud (http://cgi.ebay.com/New-DELL-SHROUD-ASSY-WC417-MEMORY-FAN-PREC...=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50) which cost $224, at least from eBay. Are there any other alternatives to buying this expensive plastic with a fan inside? Is there a cheaper fan that will work in this situation? The price of just a fan is ridiculous in this case, I think.
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You need to buy a new shroud just to install extra ram??
Dont listen to them, that is absolute rubbish.
If the existing shroud would get in the way of extra memory modules, just pull it out. If Dell are saying the computer you bought cannot be upgraded to have extra ram becuase you NEED a new shroud, they should be liable to stump up the cost of it.
Just get the ram and be happy
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if indeed you need that shroud in order to run 4GB or more.... then what I would do is investigate what makes that shroud so special... As you mentioned... it is made of plastic and a fan... well.... take a look at your system where that shroud would mount... is there any switches that would be involved when the shroud is in place? If there is.... then it may be a matter of just enabling that switch. Now there is an issue with the fan... well... take a look around the area where the fan/shroud mounts and see if there is a fan header nearby... if there is... then maybe all you need is to plug a fan into it.
by going 4GB and over... maybe the bios automatically is looking for a fan to be connected to the fan header. The way it can tell if there is a fan connected is by sensing for the presence of rpm and its just a matter of just providing a fan to keep the mb happy...
otherwords there should be a way to get around this...
Thanks for the reply. I will have to look at it tonight. However, I believed that you're right in that the motherboard will only look for a fan that plugs into it. However, even if that's the case, how do I mount a regular 80mm fan into the place where this shroud is suppose to be there? Is/are there other place on the Internet where I can buy stuff that I can build onto the regular 80mm fan?