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September 9, 2010 7:47:10 AM

Hi,

I've just purchased a i7 930 cpu and the heatsink either keeps coming loose or making a rather strange 'ticking' sound. Sometimes the fan just ceases to start up entirely when powering the PC on.

The 'ticking' sound doesn't come from a cable touching it. I'm assuming the heatsink is coming loose because when I stand the case vertically I get the ticking sound and the fan appears to be slower, but if I lay the case down it goes away and the fan spins faster.

I have reattached the heatsink a few times and the problem goes away temporarily, but this is becoming a really annoying issue.

Any thoughts?

I guess the first step would be to replace the cpu fan? Can someone recommend a decent CPU cooler for a un-overclocked i7 930?

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September 9, 2010 8:20:26 AM

I can't offer much help for fixing your fan problem. The worst part is that on an intel heatsink the fan is integrated so you can't just swap in a case fan.


You can use this chart to compare the performance of aftermarket cpu coolers:

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=253...


If you don't want to spend very much, you can get the Hyper TX3 for ~$20. It still would be an improvement over a functioning stock HSF. (Free super saver shipping if you spend $25)

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-910-HTX3-G1-130-...


The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is much more capable for ~$30, but you probably wouldn't notice the difference unless you started overclocking.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=pd_lpo_...
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September 9, 2010 3:07:28 PM

jayl said:
Hi,

I've just purchased a i7 930 cpu and the heatsink either keeps coming loose or making a rather strange 'ticking' sound. Sometimes the fan just ceases to start up entirely when powering the PC on.

The 'ticking' sound doesn't come from a cable touching it. I'm assuming the heatsink is coming loose because when I stand the case vertically I get the ticking sound and the fan appears to be slower, but if I lay the case down it goes away and the fan spins faster.

I have reattached the heatsink a few times and the problem goes away temporarily, but this is becoming a really annoying issue.

Any thoughts?

I guess the first step would be to replace the cpu fan? Can someone recommend a decent CPU cooler for a un-overclocked i7 930?

First off did you install the push/pins properly cuz it sounds to me like one is loose.
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2047683
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September 9, 2010 6:36:56 PM

Note: rotating the push-pins in the indicated direction does not lock them in place. :p 
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