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Charlie Lj Jan 29, 2009, 09:14am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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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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Dublin_Gunner Jan 29, 2009, 09:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?
You need to buy a new shroud just to install extra ram??

Pmsl!

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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Charlie Lj Jan 29, 2009, 10:26am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?
I know. The shroud cost twice the price 4GB of memory. That's bad.

From what I've read and Dell, the computer won't boot without the shroud if the memory is more than 4GB.

G. G. Jan 29, 2009, 10:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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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...

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Charlie Lj Jan 29, 2009, 10:58am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to 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?

Dublin_Gunner Jan 29, 2009, 11:01am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just sit the fan in the case. Those shrouds are just fancy pants useless pieces of equipment IMO.

They apparently 'direct' the airflow to the CPU, but they dont make any difference really

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G. G. Jan 29, 2009, 11:11am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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just use double sided sticky tape to secure the fan to the chassis... you'll figure it out...

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Charlie Lj Jan 29, 2009, 11:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?
Thanks. I'll look at it tonight so see if there is a way to stick a regular 80mm fan into that place.

Plug & Play Jan 29, 2009, 11:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?

Get two Antec Cool Spots and enjoy...

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Shari Buchholz Mar 16, 2009, 11:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?
So you are saying that I can replace both fans on my Dell Workstation 670 with the Antec Cool Spot fans and then I can add over 4gb of Ram and won't get the error, add cooling fan

Dublin_Gunner Mar 16, 2009, 11:53am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?
Any fan should do. Even remove the one thats in the shroud. Once there is a fan connected to that fan header the error should go away.

This is NOT the CPU fan, right?

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Shari Buchholz Mar 17, 2009, 10:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?
Definately not a CPU fan, upgrading memory over 4gig and it requires additional memory fan.

Sean Costello Mar 17, 2009, 12:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are there any other alternatives to this?
that sounds more like complete marketing bullshit, you dont need a memory fan for over 4GB

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