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#1 dc3

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 09:21 PM

I'm going to purchase socket 939 Athlon 64 3200+ which doesn't come with a fan and heatsink, and what I would like to know is if my fan and heatsink from my old T-bird will fit.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 12:31 AM

IMHO, If your'e going new, I would recommend getting new fan and heat sink. Why have something old to cool down that expensive new chip?
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 04:47 AM

No, the retail HSF you get with the CPU are made to fit only on the one socket you can use the CPU on. The base the HSF sits on on a Socket a motherboard is smaller than the base on a Socket 939 motherboard.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 10:35 PM

Thanks for the response guys. The T-bird died on my good puter and has given me the excuse to make a new build, unfortunately money is a little tight at the moment so I was trying to cut corners. I was looking at spending about thirty dollars on a HSF, but realized that I could afford another 512MB of RAM if I could use my old HSF from the T-bird.

Btw Mr Alpha, the motherboard and CPU combo doesn't come with a fan, otherwise I would use the one that comes with it. As for the HSF fitting only the one CPU, there are HSFs that are advertised to fit multiple processors, that is why I was trying to find out if my old one would be compatible. Example...

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 01:22 AM

Yes, aftermarket HSFs usually are compatible with several different socket designs with the help of some extra metal. I was talking about the HSF you get with the processor, which isn't an aftermarket HSF.
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Posted 30 October 2006 - 11:24 AM

While it's good to save money - this could hose your new processor! How's about buying a retail processor rather than an OEM? They usually come with a heatsink and fan - so it may be less expensive that way.
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 03:39 AM

While it's good to save money - this could hose your new processor! How's about buying a retail processor rather than an OEM? They usually come with a heatsink and fan - so it may be less expensive that way.


It's a combo at Tiger Direct, Biostar TForce6100-939 NVIDIA Socket 939 MicroATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz OEM Processor $129.00 after rebate. This is the best bang for the buck that I could find at the moment. If you know of something better, I'm all ears, err...eyes. :thumbsup:

As for hosing my processor, as long as you have a heatsink and fan that is mated to properly conduct thermal convection it will do it's job. I was just wanting to know if the latch would fit the new processor.

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 10:40 AM

Generally the combo deals from TigerDirect will include a cooling fan and heatsink.

There are ways for a determined person to modify a heatsink to fit another socket - that's why there's no specific answer. And even if you did manage to make it fit, there's no assurance that the "jury-rig" will hold permanently.
So, the premise is that modifying a heatsink that wasn't intended for the processor will probably void the warranty on the processor - and could cause it to fry unexpectedly.

So, no, it probably won't latch on due to the different sockets. We'd have to know the exact make and model of the heatsink/fan combo on the TBird to give a better opinion.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 12:29 AM

usasma,

If you look at the current motherboard and CPU combos offered at Tiger Direct you will find that most of them do not come with a HSF.

I have no desire to modify the existing HSF for the new CPU, it isn't worth the time no matter how frugal you are. All I was asking was if the HSF that came with the T-bird (socket 462) would fit my new Athon (socket 939), and that information was specific enough that I was told unequivically by three different people at another site that it would not fit.

I would rather spend my time fishing rather than try to modify a HSF assembly that I could purchase new for as little as five bucks.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 09:57 AM

Sounds like we're all on the same sheet of music - just going about it differently.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 10:25 AM

Sounds like we're all on the same sheet of music - just going about it differently.


Don't they call that jazz? :thumbsup:

I've solved the problem in any case, I just ordered a Biostar GeForce 6100-M9 socket 939 motherboard and a AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor with fan. :flowers: I also ordered two Crucial 512MB RAM modules. The total plus shipping is $281.86. Christmas comes early this year!

This is going into my old case with my 300W Antec PSU, a one year old Maxtor 200GB HDD, and my NEC3550A DVD/RW, Sony FDD, and US Robotics modem. The new motherboard has better onboard graphics and sound than the relics that I was using before.

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