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CPU Fan/Heatsink Question

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Rookie Builder

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I'm doing my first build, got an AM2 Athlon64 x2 4200+... my question is this, how much of a performance improvement will an upgraded heatsink provide? I ask because the heatsink I got is HUGE!!! [530g, 85(l)x112(w)x125(h)] I already know there is an issue with my case:


because it has a duct for venting in the side, I have to remove this to fit the heatsink... problem is I either have to shave it down, glue the screen on, or find nuts to keep the screws in place!!! Furthermore, it says that there can be no VGA within 56mm of the center of the cpu, if I'm not mistaken it is close, also "no interfering components" within 45mm of the center of the cpu- I think the RAM may be too close... here is my MB and heatsink:



Can anyone tell me if this will work by looking at it? Am I just better off going with the stock fan? Thanks!

Edited by Rookie Builder, 26 July 2006 - 09:29 PM.

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a big hsf provides NO improvement on performance, it gives you better cooling which means you can overclock the cpu. but if you are not planning on overclocking, and don't care about noise than stick with the original HSF. Personally I love the zalman cnps9500, I own one myself and it's a very nice hsf, troublesome to install but cools very well and runs quietly. You can check the compatablitiy of your case and mobo on the zalman website. You'd be suprised how easily this thing can fit.
P.S. you have no need for an airduct if you have the cnps9500 and the ram won't interfer.

Edited by †Gladiator†, 27 July 2006 - 12:23 PM.

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