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Replace heatsink fan?

Q: Replace heatsink fan?

The stock hsf on my non-overclocked +2500 barton is rather loud, and I would like to replace it. Is it possible for me to simply buy a new 60mm replacement fan without having to buy a completely hew heatsink and fan?

I was looking at some nice 60mm panaflos that make around only 21 dbas but are labeled as case-fans. Would I be able to screw one of these panaflos onto my heastink?

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A: Replace heatsink fan?

Standard case fans are 80mm X 80mm x 20mm. An 80mm fan will do you no good if you seek to replace a 60mm fan. A 60mm fan may work provided your heatsink has standard mounting brackets. However, be advised this will cause your cpu to rise in temperature (most likely) if the fan is slower.

A better solution is to replace the heatsink/fan entirely. I personally favor the ThermalTake Volcano 9 for low-cost high-effectiveness Socket A cooling. You can pick it up online for only $14, and it has three different ways of choosing cpu fan speed: Automatic speed sense based on a thermal probe, which you can place wherever you wish, a rheostat which you can turn to choose the speed at which the fan spins, or a simple jumper to set it to either low or high speed mode.

Case in point: In my shop machine I have an overclocked Athlon XP Barton. It is a stock 2500+ and is sitting at 3200+. I am using a volcano 9, and have the CPU fan forced to ~1100rpm - Barely audible, even when I am close to the computer. If I'm more than five feet away, the machine is inaudible. The cpu is quite hot, in fact at full load it sits at 64C, but this is fine for me.
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A:How to replace a heatsink and fan

You need to buy a new Socket mPGA478 heatsink and fan. These are pretty inexpensive, so try a website like or Make sure that you get one that is suitable for the Celeron 2.8GHz processor (it will tell you the suitable CPU's on the listings).
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My second question is: Can I use Artic Silver 5 thermal paste to do this -- I've only built AMD computers and I'm not sure if it works just as well for PIII processors...

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A:replace standard intel cpu heatsink fan

First of all, just because the fan fits on the board does not mean it is the correct fan. The hsf must remove an adequate amount of heat energy. Failure to use the correct hsf can result in overheating.

Next to remove the hsf you release the four push-pins by turning counter clockwise. Lift off the hsf. If it will not lift off, then it is most likely stuck on the cpu. To fix this, pw ON the mb for 30sec or so and shutdown. Now you can remove the hsf. Clean parts with 91 or 99% alcohol. Do not use the 50 or 70% stuff you find in the supermarket. It contains lanolin and will leave a residue. Apply thermal compound IAW [in accordance with] the mfg's instructions.

FWIW I always recommend pulling the mb to R&R a hsf on an intel cpu. This is for two reasons;

1 With the board out of the case, you can check the back of the board to be sure all four push-pins are fully seated/engaged. If one of the pins is not fully seated, the system will overheat and shutdown. This is not all that hard for an experienced builder however for an inexperienced builder, it can be a real pain to get the pins fully seated.

2 I dislike having to push so hard on the push-pins when the board is supported only by standoffs. I much prefer having the board sitting in front of me when installing the hsf.
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What is a good heatsink/fan for a socket 478 2.8 gz northwood chip? the mb model is below? I don't have any crazy stuff in the case so space isn't an issue.

How do I know it's really the fan going kaput and not a controller on the motherboard?

A:heatsink fan spinning low on pc probe and bios indicators, replace?

foycur said:

What is a good heatsink/fan for a socket 478 2.8 gz northwood chip? the mb model is below? I don't have any crazy stuff in the case so space isn't an issue.Click to expand...

I know my friend has this little sucker on his 2.8 northwood. Its a cheapie but a goodie.

But you cant go wrong with anything from thermaltake

foycur said:

How do I know it's really the fan going kaput and not a controller on the motherboard?Click to expand...

You could always get a 3-pin to 4-pin molex adapter, and run the fan directly off the main line. Or try another fan.
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A:How can I remove/replace this CPU heatsink backplate (where the CPU socket is screwed)?

It is probably double stick tape used to insure it stays in place. Replacing it is your call. As long as the heatsink is mounted correctly, it really doesn't matter if the backplate is loose or stuck in place. Sticking the backplate simply makes mounting the heatsink easier to manage.
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These are the specs of the spare PSU. Aren't they better than the original Dell PSU?
That power supply is ATX and not EPS12V
Better is not the issue.  Dell power supplys are 80 percent efficient not 70 percent ATX.  The -5v rail is an issue as well as this may cause a motherboard fire or damage your system.  Its a dead giveaway that this is a power supply from 1990 to 2000.
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A:How to remove athlon xp heatsink/fan for heatsink cleaning

Forgive me, but I find it hard to believe that if you put that machine together once, you forgot how to take it apart now.
It is human nature to never forget something that you did on your own.
That hold's true for computers also.
Maybe it will suffice if you just unscrew the fan from the heatsink and clean the fan and heatsink fins with a 1/4 - 1/2 inch paintbrush.
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A:Replace the power jack or replace the adapter?

AND/OR inside the case the the jack is soldered directly to the motherboard. Is also possible that
1) It's already cracked
2) If not yet, it's gonna crack

So look to see what connection looks like between power jack and motherboard, If you feel u wanna/can re-solder yourself or the typically price to redo the whole power thing seems to run $125 parts/labor/warranty if you take it somewhere. So how much is it all worth to you?
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A:How can I 'Copy and Replace' not 'Move and Replace'.

Have you ever tried right click drag and drop ?
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A:Find & Replace (but Replace in a different Column)

see attached. But actually getting that data back to the table, if that is what you want, is a bit trickier.
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A:To replace or not to replace.. that is the question.

Hi and welcome to Techspot!!

Test the RAM sticks individually. One of them might be bad. You can use Memtest86 to try them out.

Also, try them in different memory slots. That sometimes helps.

Regards :wave:

BTW, Great thread title
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A:Best heatsink/fan for A64?

thermaltake and other fine brands make great heatsinks. good board, btw.
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A:Help regarding heatsink

I can't see any pictures. If you have a CPU heatsink air duct, remove it. Is this computer a Dell or HP?
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it sounds as if this may cause a problem.
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thx a lot.
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For applying the thermal paste go here Thermal compound installation. If you are using a noname thermal paste I recommend you pick up a tube of arctic silver because it can shave several more degrees off your cpu temp compared to any other thermal paste.

Instructions for removal of the thermal pad are step 2 on that page.:grinthumb
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A:What heatsink should I get?

Re: What heatsink should I get???

I've read that the Swiftech MC462 (I believe) is a prime candidate, and I like that fact that it is mounted to the motherboard and not clipped like my current one is. I'm not too concerned about noise, for I have a box fan blowing directly on my motherboard!!! I would perfer a heatsink with fan speeds in the area of 5000-7000 rpm's or higher if possible.Click to expand...

I got myself the GlobalWin WBK38 with the 7000RPM Delta black fan. If you don't mind the noise, that fan will do its work just fine. But I replaced the fan with an 80MM fan running at ~3000RPM. The temp rose by ~3 degrees celcius. And I can hear myself think again! The WBK38 is rather old. Check this site out:

There's a list of heatsinks reviewed. Hope you can find a good one there

Also, I've been thinking about trying to cool my onboard raid controller chip. I believe its giving me problems when I try to overclock because of heat issues.Click to expand...

Sorry dude, can't help you there. Perhaps you can use a normal chipset cooler to do the job?

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It's really not that difficult. I did my first installation 1 month ago and it still made me break sweat even though I've meddled around Intel CPUs b4 Make sure you don't drag the heatsink around on the core once you've clipped the heatsink properly. And make sure the CPU is properly slotted onto the mobo socket. I stumbled upon the following article:

Hope it helps, but I haven't seen it yet though. Good luck!
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A:Heatsink - will it fit?

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A:Which heatsink can I buy?

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A:Looking for a new AMD heatsink

What RAM and motherboard do you have? The Xigmatek might cover 2 RAM slots but depending on your memory you might still have enough clearance to install modules in them. (They have to be installed before the HSF is fixed.) The Dark Knight is a very good cooler.

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A:Do I need a new heatSink?

Look around for CPUIdle from
Lowers the temp. by about another 7-10 degrees C.
As I don't play games, I don't know how this program hold up under load.
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lola2001 said:

The heatsink fan seems to be making a lot of noise. I removed the fan itself and it worked fine, when I put it back on it sounded as if it was scraping/starting/stopping etc.

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Anybody have any suggestions?Click to expand...

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A:Heatsink and Fan

you can prolly do it yourself, but this will likely void any warranty you have. Ifs its still under warrently, get a sony guy to do it
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A:CPU heatsink and fan help

These are nice
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However you can always buy an aftermarket HSF. In this case you have a large number of options such as Xigmatek, OCZ, Scythe, Zalman and the likes.

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regards Russ

A:Heatsink without a fan possible?

It is very possible to build a PC completely silent.

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A:heatsink and fan question

Here's a few more:

This one doesn't look bad:
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A:Heatsink Question

Shadowrane said:

can i get any heatsink that it compatible with 939?Click to expand...


does anyone have any recommendations on a good heatsink for an X2?Click to expand...

Not really, but I'm thinking about getting Scythe Ninja or Thermaltake Sonic Tower myself.
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A:Can I start PC with no Heatsink?

Don't do it!! The processor will have thermal protection, but there is no guarentee that it still won't fry. Without a HSF setup you may only get a few seconds before burnout.
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The heatsink is fixed to the proccessor so i cant easily seem to fit a new one.

Any ideas?


A:Heatsink wont fit

What is the sSPEC number for the Celeron D processor? It should be on the processor.
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A:heatsink/fan question

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I want to know if I can connect both fans to the CPU Fan header or only one? I'd like the mobo to control the fans on the heatsink.
Model Name : GA-890GPA-UD3H(rev. 2.1)
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A:Noctua NH-UB9 SE2 Heatsink/Fan.

I checked the mb manual and cannot find a wattage rating for the cpu fan header. I have emailed gigabyte a few times with questions and I have always received an answer.

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A:Heatsink Question?

rubbing alcohol on a good clean rag should do ya just fine
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All of the fans I've seen are gigantic and expensive. Anyone have any suggestions? The fan I have now is ultra quiet but also ultra inferior it seems. I don't really want it to get much louder.

Dell Inspiron 570
AMD Athlon II x4 630
Windows 7 Premium 64bit
AMD 785G chipset
6G Kingston Hyper DDR3 1333mhz

A:Recommendations for a CPU heatsink and fan plz

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