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Should I upgrade CPU or just CPU fan?


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#1 DeathTongue

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:41 PM

I've got a home built computer that I put together in 2011 that has the CPU overheating again. The last time this happened a couple of years ago I just replaced the thermal paste and that fixed it. This time, that's not good enough, and I think I need a new CPU fan. My question is, should I just get a better fan, or would it be worth it to replace my Athlon II 640 Propus quad core CPU with a Phenom II? If so, would a phenom X6 be a lot better than a phenom X4? My ASRock 890GM PRO 3 motherboard supposedly supports both. I'm running windows & 64 bit home premium with 8GB ram. Any thoughts?



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:48 PM

I think you should replace your cooler for now.

If you were to do a new CPU upgrade however I think you should save up some money and go for Ryzen as it will be a big step up from what you have.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 01:53 PM

if there is nothing wrong with the fan, i would remove it and clean it and re-apply thermal paste.....if the fan cooled fine before, there isn't any reason why it shouldn't do the job now....make sure you are not applying TOO MUCH thermal paste, more is worse...not better


Edited by mikey11, 13 December 2017 - 01:54 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 02:06 PM

the fan, in addition to being 6 years old, makes more noise now, sometimes even a loud humming noise for a few seconds. I think it's retirement time.



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 02:08 PM

Yeah I think its time to change that.

Fan or cooler either or can be found for cheap.

 

I mean there is this:

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186082&cm_re=cpu_cooler-_-35-186-082-_-Product

 

Cheap and AM3 friendly


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:01 PM

FWIW:  You might be interested in THIS cooler.  Easy to install, just use paste already applied...avoids the installation hassles accompanying some other heatsink/fan combos.  An improvement over the stock cooler, reasonable price/performance, IMO.

 

To answer the question in your topic...what would an upgrade of CPU accomplish?  CPU overheating is not necessarily related to the CPU itself...rather the heatsink/cooler and overall case cooling.

 

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:03 PM

yeah but if they want to up their system i would not spend my money on a $35 cooler


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:08 PM

$35 is not going to make or break anyone's lifetime...and many of us who use our systems daily...should pay attention to...and address...the things we do not like or find irritable about our systems, IMO.  35 cents a day over 100 days of computer use...well, some of us can handle that :)/

 

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:12 PM

yeah but the age of the processor in mind I am unsure if its a worthy upgrade.

I mean its one hand to have a nice cooler but they are thinking of upgrading and that might mean a new platform entirely.

AM4 or whatever next socket Intel will create in the next 8 seconds will mean a major push forward for all parts concerned, and price does matter.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 03:59 PM

Agree :).

 

The OP's question...is out of focus, IMO.  With the system in hand, OP should either commit to a system upgrade...or a heatsink/fan replacement.  The former is a long-term solution, while the latter is definitely short-term.

 

A new system starts with new MB, new CPU, new RAM...and, possibly, new PSU.

 

Heatsink/fan is "quick fix" for stated issue.

 

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 04:43 PM

Good idea to blow out the PSU they add quite a bit of heat in the box.


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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:14 AM

If you have a tight budget, just replace the cpu fan. Then try to save more money to buy a new cpu unit.






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