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Upgrading CPU, need fan/heatsink recommendation


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So soon I will be upgrading my CPU with this here:

http://www.tigerdire...2376&CatId=4432

Read the reviews a lot said the included fan was not good so I was looking to purchase another fan/heatsink for it. But not sure what will be best or what will fit my motherboard even. I notice most fans have a socket recommendation. Do I need to purchase a fan that will work with AM3 socket or would getting a fan for an AM3+,etc be ok? Also, I rather not remove the motherboard. And looking to spend no more than $30-40 on the fan/heatsink.

If needed this is my current system with the motherboard model/photo. Might help.
http://h20000.www2.h...rodTypeId=12454

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Gday Xanster82>


Before making any alterations to a boxed retail CPU from AMD, you should be aware of the following.
"This limited warranty does not cover damages due to external causes, including improper use, problems with electrical power, accident, neglect, alteration, repair, improper installation, or improper testing.

This Limited Warranty shall be null and void if the AMD microprocessor which is the subject of this Limited Warranty is used with any heatsink/fan other than the one provided herewith."

Source, > http://support.amd.c...earLimited.aspx

You do not need an after market cooler. The boxed heat-sinks and fans supplied by both AMD and Intel have been designed and extensively tested and are more than capable of doing the job. It is critical that all traces of the old TIM is removed from the CPU, do not use things like, petrol, nail varnish or rubbing alcohol. I always use Isopropyl alcahol. It may not be possible to replace the CPU without removing the Motherboard.


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I'm aware about voiding the warranty of the product.

So if I wish to continue forward, may you recommend me a good fan or at least answer some of the questions I had? Does the fan need to match the socket type? I am getting an CPU with an AM3 socket, so do I need a fan for AM3?
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Do I need to purchase a fan that will work with AM3 socket or would getting a fan for an AM3+,etc be ok?

It is the heat sink block that attaches to the Mobo so you need a fan with the correct clips to fit to the heatsink. You would also need a fan rated to handle the 95w of the CPU. Without benchmarks for any particular fan tested on the CPU, you could not tell how well it would perform. The subject would take a lot of research, so this you would have to do yourself. This is the price for a new replacement stock fan, > http://www.ebay.com/...3-/130494427158 So I am enclined to think any other suitable fan would cost you about the same.

I would try the stock cooler first to see if you think it is too noisy.

If you find it is so, this is the type I would start with..
> http://www.amazon.co...ling Freezer 13
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The one you linked from Amazon looks really nice. I looked it up on Youtube and it looks really big... Would it fit in my tower? I have a Mid-size ATX tower, and attached an image of what my tower inside currently looks like.

Not sure if you would really know either but figured I would ask just to be sure.

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Link below is the Arctic website, the footprint of the coolers will go on that board OK, the hight of the coolers is stated as 130mm. The width of your case is 175mm, so there should be enough room. To check. Cut a piece cardboard about 25mm wide x 130mm long, hold a straight edge top to bottom on the open side of the case, measure from the top of the RAM slot, (not the top of the RAM stick) with the piece of cardboard. What the result? > http://www.arctic.ac...freezer-13.html
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Thanks I will have to do this soon and be sure it can fit. It looks like it would, but would like to be certain.

Thank you for your help. Much appreciated.
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