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boxed cpu hsf pre-stuck on cpu?

If you buy an Intel CPU in a box instead of a tray, do they stick the fan on it for you, or does it come loose? I ordered a watercooling solution and a'boxed' CPU, and now I worry that the first thing I got to do is scrape off old thermal paste.. (i can still modify the order right now)
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    Last I knew the fans just come sitting in the box loose, unless Intel has gotten sneaky on us.
  2. Thanks. I haven't build a new pc since 2003, so I appreciate the reassurance.
  3. No problem my friend, glad to have been helpful. Feel free to message me if you ever need any help with anything.
  4. Sure thing.
  5. The cpu comes clean. The heatsink has thermal paste already spread on in a perfect layer.
    Very handy for selling the heatsink+fan actually- no paste required.
  6. Interesting. Honestly, the only reason I even bought the boxed one was that I could get a cheaper deal on one than without the HSF. But now I'm thinking it's nice to have a spare part.
  7. If you lived in london (which i doubt because of post time in the uk) I would give you a fiver for the spare as
    i got a barely used haswell 4430 for £99 and I dont have a cooler..
  8. chrisso said:
    If you lived in london (which i doubt because of post time in the uk) I would give you a fiver for the spare as
    i got a barely used Haswell 4430 for £99 and I dont have a cooler..


    You got a 4430 for less than a hundred pounds? Not bad mate.
  9. Yeah, why; you in england? If so I will tell you where.
  10. I can almost toss it over the North Sea. I live in Norway. ;)
  11. chrisso said:
    Yeah, why; you in england? If so I will tell you where.


    Unfortunately I live in the US, otherwise I would take you up on the offer.
  12. Well, I need someone tossed IN the North sea; we could do a deal? 100 miles off either coast, in a barrel full of concrete. The cpu is yours.Actually, I here the fyords are quite nice in winter;make it your end.
  13. I got an arctic alpine r2 95watt cooler with 93 mm fan at the pc faif for a tenner.It is man enough to be quieter than stock so it will do......
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