I just upgraded my Dell Inspiron 570mt from an AMD Athlon II x2 (2.8gh) to an AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition (3.6gh).
Since it's a dell, apparently they smoke weed and don't use the actual AMD AM3 slots. The original fan fits, but for obvious reasons isn't strong enough to keep this new CPU cool. Dang thing's running 144F right now, and sounds like a freight train.
I read somewhere that an Intel LGA1156 cooler will fit, but I've already tried 2 fans now so i want to confirm this.
Has anyone run into this situation? i really need advice; i've been waiting a week to use this new CPU in a game.
The original heatsink is for a dual core, you now have a quad core which produces over twice as much heat.
The original heatsink is not enough for your new processor.
Did the new processor not come with a new heatsink?
If so you need to use it. If you are using it ,take the side of the case off and see if temps drop.
If temps drop you need more case fans.