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New Processor, will this heatsink work?

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June 1, 2012 6:36:35 PM

Just bought an AMD Athlon X4 645 processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This fan that I listed is the right size, right Watts, and right 4 pin connector for the motherboard. I have an AM3 socket, will this work? I don't see anywhere listed AM3 and I'm not that computer savy just yet.

If this fan will not work, will my stock one work thats in the dell inspiron 570? Reason I ask is because I'm pretty sure that some dell inspiron models come with the Athlon X4 that I just bought. Ran Battlefield 3 at the highest res and high-medium settings and the hottest the CPU got was 58C

If i do need to upgrade will that heatsink be good? If not can anyone tell me one that will?

AM3 socket
95W
92MM
4 PIN
for AMD
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June 1, 2012 6:46:01 PM

The stock cooler/heatsink should be sufficient cooling for your CPU.
Anything below 71c should be okay.

If you're not sure, then download prime95 to know your cpu temp. under 100% load.
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June 1, 2012 6:49:04 PM

yeah i got one that my cousin told me to get its pretty good it shows all the temps of everything. the HIGHEST it went was 60C but it was for literally 2 maybe 3 seconds and thats playing battlefield 3 which is a pretty beefy game. I'm just scared cuz everyone on the dell forums are like YOUR CPU IS GONNA GO BAD AND BLOW so I figured I'd come here because the same person who told me that said "that processor isnt compatible" and told me to get the heatsink I bought that was for intel..... lol figured you guys know more
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June 1, 2012 7:00:07 PM

You should've told them that its an Athlon x4 not "C4".
The stock cooler comes for a reason. In most cases when running @ stock speed/settings, the stock cooler keeps the CPU well below max safe temp.
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June 1, 2012 7:02:40 PM

In future,if you plan to Overclock your CPU or your temps exceed 70c, then you might wanna consider an Aftermarket heatsink/cooler.
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June 1, 2012 7:07:44 PM

lol i never told them "C4" i specifically said what processor I was getting... No stock cooler came wiht the Processor I'm talking about the stock cooler thats in my dell, that came with my dell ( Dunno what you meant but sounded like you meant stock cooler that came with processor) and yeah I really dont plan to over clock to be honest, not yet anyways I'm gettin enough power outa it
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June 1, 2012 10:55:02 PM

Anyone know any good heat sinks that have what I need? I put a little list in my opening message.
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June 2, 2012 3:30:40 PM

Lol no that's not a good choice considering I need a 92MM and that's a 110 Mm........ That's for the help
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June 2, 2012 7:13:54 PM

Can someone please help me out? Anybody? I'm new to the PC world and I don't know to much I keep trying to search what I'm looking for but all the specs on the fans don't tell me exactly what it's for...

I need
95W
92MM
Will fit in AM3
AMD compatible
4 pin connector

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June 2, 2012 8:39:35 PM

Why do you need 92mm? Other than case height considerations for tall heatsinks (which might actually be a problem with that Dell case), there's no real reason to confine yourself to ONLY 92mm.

Here is one that will work with AM3, but it isn't very good (and truthfully, neither was the one you originally asked about, even if you could have used it).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Something like this is what you should be looking at, but might be on the edge of fitting inside the case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case dimensions would help a lot here. I could make a much better recommendation if I knew that.
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June 2, 2012 8:45:34 PM

I need a 92MM because that's what size the fan is to square up with the 4 holes into the motherboard not looking for anything else besides that. The fan that I got was 92x92x25 and the heats ink size was 92x92x38. The specs I posted above are exactly what I'm looking for not willing to try anything else and waste more money. If you
Know of one that are for the specs I posted I'd appreciate if you could post it.
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June 2, 2012 8:53:32 PM

michaelxps said:
I need a 92MM because that's what size the fan is to square up with the 4 holes into the motherboard not looking for anything else besides that. The fan that I got was 92x92x25 and the heats ink size was 92x92x38. The specs I posted above are exactly what I'm looking for not willing to try anything else and waste more money. If you
Know of one that are for the specs I posted I'd appreciate if you could post it.


ANY aftermarket heatsink that works with AM3 will "square up" with the holes. Trust me on that. Regardless, AM3 is clip style, right? Why worry about holes? You can use them, but the clips should do just fine. (And both of the ones I posted can use the clips.)
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June 2, 2012 9:02:02 PM

They clip? I thought they were screwed in? I'm confused lol. So the second one u posted is good and it's 95W and a four pin connector???
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June 2, 2012 9:04:56 PM

And does that one lay down? It looks like it stands up and I need one that will go against the mother board
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June 2, 2012 9:08:30 PM

michaelxps said:
They clip? I thought they were screwed in? I'm confused lol. So the second one u posted is good and it's 95W and a four pin connector???


I thought all stock style AMD heatsinks did. Dell may have done something proprietary, though (which would be typical Dell). If it's TRULY proprietary, there's nothing you can do but use what came with it, but I highly doubt that's the case, honestly. If there's not a clip though (or a way to clip it on to the socket), the first one I posted won't work, and possibly not the second.

And yes, the 4 pin connector can be used with a 3 pin connector on the mobo. The 4th pin is just for speed control on mobo's that allow it through PWM.
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June 2, 2012 9:11:44 PM

Can you show me a pic of what it looks like? I really think you'll be OK using the TX3 that I posted, but having a pic to be sure would be nice.
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June 2, 2012 9:21:36 PM

Wait, you can use a 3 pin connector coming from the heatsink on a 4 pin coming from the motherboard? How? Which side do I leave open than? Meaning which pin do I leave open? Because I got a heatsink that has the 4 pun connector but my mother board has 4..... If I can use the one I already spent money on I'd love to do that
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June 2, 2012 9:22:45 PM

And if it won't work what did you want a pic of? And how do I post a pic on here?
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June 2, 2012 9:23:29 PM

Meant my heatsink has 3 pun connector and mother board as four
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June 2, 2012 9:27:24 PM

A pic of what the socket looks like and you can post it to Photobucket that will give you a link to post here.

If the mobo has four, that's a good thing. It can be controlled by temp that way.
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June 2, 2012 9:40:22 PM

Okay updates- the heatsink that I got does work! It's all hooked up. Only thing is this, the black thing that comes with the heatsink looks like the bottom has four screws. Do I need to put that on? It doesn't fit with the screws
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June 2, 2012 9:42:32 PM

michaelxps said:
Okay updates- the heatsink that I got does work! It's all hooked up. Only thing is this, the black thing that comes with the heatsink looks like the bottom has four screws. Do I need to put that on? It doesn't fit with the screws


If it's the one you originally linked, it will never fit the screw holes. It was only meant for Intel mobo's (completely different hole dimensions). And yes, they HAVE to be put in. The heatsink CAN'T just "lay" there.
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June 2, 2012 9:45:47 PM

No it's not that one the heatsink fits its in my computer I'm on it about to launch battlefield 3 to see the temps. But you know that thing that you can screw I guess on the bottom of the heatsink? It's black? Do I need that or can I just put the heatsink directly on the CPU
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June 2, 2012 9:49:12 PM

michaelxps said:
No it's not that one the heatsink fits its in my computer I'm on it about to launch battlefield 3 to see the temps. But you know that thing that you can screw I guess on the bottom of the heatsink? It's black? Do I need that or can I just put the heatsink directly on the CPU


Yeah, a pic would seriously help here (I'm not grasping what you're saying). Do you mean the surround around the socket? I'm not aware of anything other than that, honestly.
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June 2, 2012 9:51:04 PM

If it's the surround, you have to leave that off, if you're using a heatsink with screws.
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June 2, 2012 9:52:32 PM

Yeah I guess do you know when you buy a heatsink and it has four screws than there's something that's black it goes on the bottom of the heatsink and than u screw it in. Do I need that black thing though? Temps are running about 12-14 degrees cooler now. If u need a pic could I have an email or something idk how to post them on there
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June 2, 2012 9:56:13 PM

michaelxps said:
Yeah I guess do you know when you buy a heatsink and it has four screws than there's something that's black it goes on the bottom of the heatsink and than u screw it in. Do I need that black thing though? Temps are running about 12-14 degrees cooler now. If u need a pic could I have an email or something idk how to post them on there


If the temps are that good, I'd say you did it right, but I'm still not quite sure what you're describing. That doesn't sound like anything I've ever heard of other than the surround on AMD sockets, so I honestly don't know if you need it or not. If it's working that well, though, I wouldn't worry about it.
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June 2, 2012 9:58:08 PM

A link to the heatsink itself maybe?
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June 2, 2012 10:04:07 PM

michaelxps said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here ya go bro, the 4th picture in is the black thing im talking about


That makes a LOT more sense now. That's a back plate that goes onto the back of the mobo to hold the heatsink in place. How did you get it installed without it? It may work, but it certainly won't be very stable.

Also, that heatsink is specifically for Intel's like the other one, so I really don't know how you even got it installed.
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June 2, 2012 10:06:08 PM

well it has springy screws on it so i put the heatsink into place and than i screw the screws in... not all the way because i dont wanna crush anything but its sturdy didn't move an inch when i tried movin it
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June 2, 2012 10:07:28 PM

michaelxps said:
well it has springy screws on it so i put the heatsink into place and than i screw the screws in... not all the way because i dont wanna crush anything but its sturdy didn't move an inch when i tried movin it


That is certainly a new one for me. That's why people told you that it wouldn't work because it shouldn't have.
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June 2, 2012 10:11:42 PM

yeah i dunno, not bull sh**tin ya either... tried pluggin it in leavin the far right open and it didn't work, than left the far left pin open and it did work.... guess i got lucky? maybe because its just a standard fan it even looks kinda like the stock one
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June 2, 2012 10:14:49 PM

michaelxps said:
yeah i dunno, not bull sh**tin ya either... tried pluggin it in leavin the far right open and it didn't work, than left the far left pin open and it did work.... guess i got lucky? maybe because its just a standard fan it even looks kinda like the stock one


I'd say luck is a big part of, yeah, LOL. It still doesn't sound like it's absolutely correctly installed (all four pins in), but if it's tight and doesn't move, you're good.
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June 2, 2012 10:23:23 PM

well i mean all 4 pin aren't all the way in but it felt tight when they were half way through so i just stopped because i dont wanna crap anything or mess it up ya know? 1 more question for ya, can I run my PC with the side of it off? I really dont have good venalation in this stupid inspiron so i took it off and it dropped another like 7-8 almost immediately. can leaving the side off mess it up or anything? or maybe i can take my power drill and drill a couple holes in the side if it can mess it up
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June 2, 2012 10:36:59 PM

Leaving the side off is fine. More dust is about the only thing wrong with that.
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June 2, 2012 10:44:01 PM

yeah because im reading it can over heat and damage stuff but... it lowered it so much lol
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