|I have a Zalman heatsink/CPU fan installed in my PC. Here is the model: |
It gets rather dusty so I took it out today to clean it and it smelled awful. Maybe I'm paranoid about hardware stuff ever since I fixed the USB port on my old media bay with a little soldering but it smelled kinda like solder, burning and a skunk-like smell all in one indescribable scent. The PC had been off (power supply not unplugged though) for about 3 hours. I stuck my head in the case and the motherboard nor any of the components smelled like that, so it isn't the CPU burning or anything (PC off of course. Maybe it is justt a metallic kinda smell since I have Antec Artic Silver 5 on the CPU and CPU fan (should I reapply a layer of that, it has been 3 -4 years since I did it) and the CPU fan is made of copper.
I put it back in there and I can't really smell it when the fan is running (I think I smell something every now and then,but I'm probably just being paranoid having smelled it at other times or smelling dust or something)
The fan isn't making any strange noises and is churning along at like 850RPM or something so I wouldn't think there would be a mechanical issue with it, but could Arctic Silver 5, the fan, or any combination of stuff cause a smell like that to be normal? Forgive me, I really don't mess with my parts very often except to use an air compressor every month.