Replacing the Fan of a NVidia GTX 970 Reference Edition

I recently acquired a NVidia GTX 970 Founder’s Edition. The device had a damaged fan. As can be clearly seen in the photo, the fan did not sit properly in the mount. This caused the fan to scrape against its metal housing, preventing it from spinning. Actually it’s not clear at all. Nevertheless, the side closest to the camera is higher than the other.

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