I've just purchased components to upgrade my system and I'm not familiar with the "heat pipe" design to cool the CPU, etc. <- n00b again
I've been reading a great deal of reviews and forum threads about aftermarket cooling solutions and I'm wondering how exactly does the heat pipe cool the CPU if people are installing the Zalman CNPS9500 FHS with the A8N-SLI Premium.
Is is possible to install this fan and leave the heat pipe untouched, or is the heat pipe removed to make way for the FHS?
System will look like this.. (today! knowing how FEDEX gets things done and assuming none of the components are DOA *knocks on wood*)
Asus A8N-SLI Premium Mobo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo
Corsair XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400/PC 3200
Leadtek Geforce 7800GTX
Zalman VF700-CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler
Antec HE 550w PSU
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
All other components are from previous system.. HDD / DVD / Case, etc.
I don't care if my box is loud.. I just want it kept cool. As you can see, I haven't ordered the Zalman CNPS9500 FHS. I noticed that in some people's signatures in forums, they show both the A8N-SLI Premium / Zalman CNPS9500 installed and they noted their approval for this particular fan/heat sink.. however, they didn't say if they had to modify anything, remove the heat pipe cooling system, or just install it on top of what's already there.
Any advice or knowledge you can pass on would be greatly appreciated. As well as what I can do to cool any additional chipsets if necessary. I'm looking for a total cooling solution, and I'm a little skeptical about having liquid inside my computer.
I already know I need to invest in a new case but I'm having a difficult time making an informed decision.
I am just wondering are you getting the ANTEC Neo power High Efficiency 550w power supply? Because I have heard it has problems with ANTEC mobos unless u upgrade the bios or get one of the lucky revised new ones.
Everything worked great straight out of the box I used the AMD fan and heatsink, but I'll be installing a Zalman in place of it shortly.. it's doing fine as it is, but I just like all the shiny copper on a Zalman
Yes, the PSU is the High Efficiency model (Antec Neo HE 550w) and I haven't had any issues at all.
I didn't have one hitch setting up this system with the above mentioned components.. so I would imagine all the people griping about all the problems they're having could be because they don't know how to take advice from people setting things up.
I haven't started overclocking yet, but I haven't seen a need for it