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Just want to make sure I get right cooler

Last response: in Components
July 27, 2012 7:45:36 PM

I have an old desktop and the cpu is overheating. I want to replace the fan and heatsink but I don't really want to spend a whole lot since it is about 7 years old. It's a screw in mount for the cooler, so I am wondering if any screw in mount will work or are there subtle differences I need to be aware of? The stock cooler is a coolermaster cm12v and has a four pin plug that connects to the motherboard.

Also somewhat related, I bought a new power supply to run my graphics card and there are so many extra cables that it really restricts airflow. The problem is that plugs I need to power my components are almost all daisy-chained to other unwanted cables. I want to just cut them off and add some electrical tape to the ends or a wire nut, but I don't know if anyone has had issues with doing that or if there is something I might be missing in doing that such as a reserve power in the power supply that could shock even thought it would be unplugged. Just any general advice would be good for both issues. My info:

Windows XP
Intel pentium D 775 socket
HP m7357c computer

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July 27, 2012 8:01:12 PM

The wires that you plug into components are 12VDC maximum, but draw high current.
You can buy cable ties to tie unwanted cables together.
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July 27, 2012 8:01:24 PM

Sounds good, but my original has a copper insert, would you suggest getting copper instead of aluminum?

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July 27, 2012 8:06:00 PM
July 27, 2012 8:12:53 PM

Great, here are some pictures of my cables, I don't think cable ties will do much good since they are so thick

July 27, 2012 8:17:59 PM

There's probably not much to be done, was just wondering if there was a safe way to cut them out. Thanks for the help, I consider my problems solved.
July 27, 2012 8:18:10 PM

Best answer selected by gregmc311.