Hi all! I recently posted in the CPU Cooler section about my concerns. I have a Noctua DH-14 cooler attached to my mobo and I've always been a little concerned with it falling off since I had some initial issues with it wobbling (I reinstalled it and it seems fine now, although the springs on the screws aren't equally taught even though both screws feel equally screwed in and secure).
Since I live in California, I started to become concerned at what would happen if a major earthquake (strong enough to make the cooler snap off/break) hit while the PC was on. From the answers I got in the other topic, it sounds like the mobo wouldn't suddenly burst into flames even if it was damaged.
However, my GPU is directly underneath the 2 pound cooler. While my GPU is connected through the usual case brackets, it seems like they wouldn't be strong enough to keep the card secure if a 2 pound chunk of metal fell on it. My worry then is that the cooler would hit the card, causing it to break off from it's PCI express connector/slot and fall to the ground. That makes me concerned that sparks or even a fire could occur if the card snapped off from the PCI connection.
What do you guys think? Could that scenario potentially create a fire hazard, or would the card break off pretty "cleanly"? I wouldn't care too much about the PC breaking but I don't want it to burn my house down in the middle of an earthquake!