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#1 thebirdbath

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 09:51 AM

Ok, I'm putting in my new motherboard and CPU in a couple of days and need to know if the old Heat sink and fan will work again.

I mean, I don't see why it wouldn't. I guess I will have to add new thermal grease.

The current CPU is AMD.
The current MB is ASUS.

The new CPU is AMD.
The new MB is ASUS.

I guess it will be ok if I reuse right? Or have heatsink and fans changed that much?

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 09:59 AM

Have you ever changed out these parts before? The fact that you are asking this kind of question without furnishing any kind of real details would seem to indicate you haven't ever done this kind of thing. Mounting a motherboard and seating a heatsink fan are some of the most advanced skills and best to have some experienced direct supervision.
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:12 AM

Have you ever changed out these parts before? The fact that you are asking this kind of question without furnishing any kind of real details would seem to indicate you haven't ever done this kind of thing. Mounting a motherboard and seating a heatsink fan are some of the most advanced skills and best to have some experienced direct supervision.


hmm...I guess I'm not what you would call an expert but I built this one 6 years ago in college and its worked fine. Just wanting to upgrade. It wasn't that hard to put together and upload the OS last time so I figure I can do it again.

What real details do you need? I told you what CPU and MB I was using?

I'll gladly share any other details you think I should.

Just need to know if its ok I use the same heatsink and fan for the CPU.

I'm basically switching out all the internals...MB, memory, CPU, videocard, HD's etc.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:24 AM

Different CPU's require different types of heatsinks, so your old heatsink is likely not going to work, regardless of the fact that both processors are AMDs, or that both motherboards are ASUS. What type of AMDs are they? What type of ASUS? Heatsinks are designed specifically for the heat generated by specific processors, so without knowing what you had before, or what you are putting in now, it is impossible to know the answer to your question. :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:34 AM

Different CPU's require different types of heatsinks, so your old heatsink is likely not going to work, regardless of the fact that both processors are AMDs, or that both motherboards are ASUS. What type of AMDs are they? What type of ASUS? Heatsinks are designed specifically for the heat generated by specific processors, so without knowing what you had before, or what you are putting in now, it is impossible to know the answer to your question. :thumbsup:


Ok. Newegg didn't give any indication what heatsinks went with what processors.

Previous AMD = AMD 2800
New AMD = AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz

Previous MB = ASUS A7N8X 333 FSB
New MB = ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Does this help? If you can recommend a heatsink and fan....I would appreciate it. Its not like they are expensive. I'll just buy a new one.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:37 AM

I built this one 6 years ago in college


A whole lot has changed since then, old cases were not designed well for cooling, the power supplies don't work with newer
components and were usually way to weak if not totally worn out by now

I can't think of any 6 year old heatsink/fan that would work on a new cpu, most new ones(retail/cpu) come with a minimal HSF.

Edited by DaChew, 03 January 2008 - 10:44 AM.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:43 AM

They are not compatible. Your newer one is going to run quite a bit hotter than the old one, and you need one for a socket AM2. Do the following search on NewEgg, you should find what you need. Once you narrow down one that is in your price range, we can double check for you.

heatsink socket am2

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:49 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.as...+125W+Processor

If you are buying the black edition with the unlocked multiplier i would go for a premium HSF

the box edition comes with one already
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:04 AM

Heh.. are you sure? The sticker on that box says no heatsink/dan included? :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:15 AM

gosh...so many options.

Pick one you think will work.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.as...=574&page=1

Price range is open to whatever.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:20 AM

Heh.. are you sure? The sticker on that box says no heatsink/dan included? :thumbsup:

If you click on Specifications, at the bottom, it also says heatsink not included
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:42 AM

nobody wants to help me pick out a sink and fan?

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:46 AM

What about this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835118004

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:46 AM

most of the reviewers of the black box seemed to like the zalman 9700

this amdx2 6400 comes with HSF

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103228

Model ADX6400CZBOX
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:50 AM

most of the reviewers of the black box seemed to like the zalman 9700

this amdx2 6400 comes with HSF

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103228

Model ADX6400CZBOX



I already bought the CPU so I can't buy another one that comes with the fan....just need a sink and fan.
Will the one I posted above work. Its the Zalman 9500.




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