Such a pain in the ass. My GPU fan started making crap-tons of noise awhile ago (like, last year) so I took it off and stuck a case fan on the plastic housing where the old fan was. However this made the card so massive that I couldn't have my TV Tuner in.
Fast forward to yesterday I re-oiled the old fan and put it back in, along with the TV Tuner, and it was nice and quiet. Then today it started making crap-tons of noise again, so I took the old fan out and put the replacement back on, and now I can't play PS2/GC games again.
Anyone have a repeated headdesk animation gif?