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October 14, 2011 3:47:31 PM

Hi everyone, before I start i'd like to say iv pretty new to pcs and have only basic knowledge. So sorry if the information I give is less then useful.

I got a pc for gaming and it was working great untill it started overheating. After finding out my cpu was reaching a impressive 90 degrees i decided to have a little look! It turns out my heatsink was loose on two of its legs because the plastic tips (on the bottom of the 'feet) have bent and broken. In short i need a newheat sink and i have no idea what i need! It needs to be fairly good at cooling and I would really like a nice quite one, any advice?

My reg is as follows (sorry if im missing anything) :

quad core- pc-GTX 280-8gig DDR-500hdd-CORSAIR TX 850

Cheers

Charlie

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a c 183 K Overclocking
October 14, 2011 3:57:46 PM

Does your case have a cpu cut-out?
What cpu exactly?
a b K Overclocking
October 14, 2011 4:38:40 PM

The link below shows test data on many of the popular HSFs so you can compare designs, costs, performance, mounting systems, etc. Many people like the Hyper 212+ for moderate overclocking. The larger HSFs require a lot of room so check the HSF dimensions to be sure it will clear your RAM slots and PC case.

The website link below shows data on both AMD and Intel CPUs because the heat spreader area of the CPU alters how well the HSF performs.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
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October 14, 2011 4:40:56 PM

davcon said:
Does your case have a cpu cut-out?
What cpu exactly?


Im not sure, how could I check. Sorry, I did say i was fairly clueless!

Cheers
a c 183 K Overclocking
October 14, 2011 5:14:51 PM

charliehart said:
Im not sure, how could I check. Sorry, I did say i was fairly clueless!

Cheers

Lol! did ya steal it!
You don't know what processor you have?
I understand about the case.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
October 14, 2011 5:40:01 PM

davcon said:
Lol! did ya steal it!
You don't know what processor you have?
I understand about the case.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html


Wish I could of stolen it! I got it off ebay because a friend suggested that it was a good one. I wasnt in this of the pc side of things I just wanted to game, if only i knew!

I did a little digging and heres the rest of the specs

COOLER MASTER SCOUT CASE
INTEL QUAD CORE Q8300 (WILL OVERCLOCK EASY TO 3GHZ)-NEW
8 GIG DDR3 CORSAIR MEMORY-NEW
500 GB 7200 RPM SATA DRIVE-NEW
BFG GTX 280 GRAPHICS CARD
CORSAIR TX 850 PSU
ASUS P5Q3 MOBO
October 14, 2011 6:12:19 PM

If you don't plan on overclocking, I would think that just about any aftermarket fan/heatsink will work. You will of course have to make sure that it fits the particular socket for your motherboard/cpu, which would be LGA 775. I would recommend this one whether you plan on overclocking or not:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, make sure that you put a thermal compound between your processor and heatsink. I think the above linked heatsink comes with a small injector of thermal grease.
October 14, 2011 6:18:02 PM

Kokusho said:
If you don't plan on overclocking, I would think that just about any aftermarket fan/heatsink will work. You will of course have to make sure that it fits the particular socket for your motherboard/cpu, which would be LGA 775. I would recommend this one whether you plan on overclocking or not:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, make sure that you put a thermal compound between your processor and heatsink. I think the above linked heatsink comes with a small injector of thermal grease.


Thanks for such a detailed post. But what would you recommend if I did plan on overclocking? Also, is there any sure fire way to tell how noisy they will be?

Thanks again
!