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August 30, 2012 11:28:37 AM

Yesterday I received tonnes of help from the guys on the forums and one guy pretty much built my pc for me, Because I don't want to ask any more of him, I need someone else to help inform me of what heat sink to choose.

I know that I need the thermal paste for the processor and the heat sink goes on top, but is there any compatibility issues?? e.g. Are there AM3+ Heat sinks or does any heat sink fit any MoBo and processor?

Here's my Motherboard: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-pro-amd-970-s...

I'm on a £700 budget so I've got £50 to spare to spend, I could probably go over another £10, but if there's a decent compatible heat sink out there for under £50 I'll be grateful if you found one for me :wahoo: 


An extra question as well, If you may, I'm trying to find a case for the PC and I need something that will hold that motherboard and those ports for under £35, I don't care about the looks, just want it to work, thanks! :hello: 

if you need more details just ask!

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August 30, 2012 12:32:01 PM

You need a heatsink that fits the AM3+ socket, but I think AM3 and AM3+ are the same socket wise.
What are you trying to cool? Are you aiming for an overclock? Or do you just want something better than the jet engine AMD coolers?

For cases, try the Antec hundred series, Sharkoon Vaya, or Zalman Z7.
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a c 158 ) Power supply
August 30, 2012 12:52:56 PM

If you go with the Arctic Cooling HSF, then you save 20 and can apply that to the case. With a budget around 55 here are some options in order of my preference:
1. Corsair 300R: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-carbide-series-3...
2. Antec 302: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-three-hundred-two-...
3. Cooleramaster CM 690: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-cm-690-ii-l...
4. Zalman Z11: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/zalman-z11-plus-high-per...
5. Sharkoon T28: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sharkoon-t28-blue-mid-to...

I really don't like the bling factor of the Sharkoons but wanted to throw an option out there for you...IMO the case has too much cheap plastic - I would highly recommend option 1 or 2 above.
August 30, 2012 1:21:46 PM

What do you mean by stock cooling?? The processor doesnt come with the cooler :L Will the Case's Fans be sufficient enough or do i NEED Heat sink??
August 30, 2012 1:52:13 PM

Rugger said:
If you go with the Arctic Cooling HSF, then you save 20 and can apply that to the case. With a budget around 55 here are some options in order of my preference:
1. Corsair 300R: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-carbide-series-3...
2. Antec 302: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-three-hundred-two-...
3. Cooleramaster CM 690: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coolermaster-cm-690-ii-l...
4. Zalman Z11: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/zalman-z11-plus-high-per...
5. Sharkoon T28: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sharkoon-t28-blue-mid-to...

I really don't like the bling factor of the Sharkoons but wanted to throw an option out there for you...IMO the case has too much cheap plastic - I would highly recommend option 1 or 2 above.



Just to make sure you got my last message on the thread im sending you this reply :)  What did you mean by stock cooling??
a c 158 ) Power supply
August 30, 2012 1:55:38 PM

When you buy a boxed CPU, part of the package is a HSF that the CPU mfr provides. They are typically not very good quality and can be loud when the processor is under load. Do you have a link for the CPU you intend on buying?
August 30, 2012 2:21:18 PM

Idonthaveaclue said:
What do you mean by stock cooling?? The processor doesnt come with the cooler :L Will the Case's Fans be sufficient enough or do i NEED Heat sink??


NEVER run a cpu without a heatsink! I will be fryed instantly! You can put it in a wind tunnel, but because the surface area of the cpu is so small, it will destroy itself because of the heat. You can even fry a cpu if you dont have good contact with the heatsink or if you dont apply thermal paste in between the cpu and heatsink.
August 30, 2012 4:13:33 PM

Rugger said:
When you buy a boxed CPU, part of the package is a HSF that the CPU mfr provides. They are typically not very good quality and can be loud when the processor is under load. Do you have a link for the CPU you intend on buying?



http://www.ebuyer.com/287682-amd-fx-6-6100-black-editio...

I've changed it a bit since i previously designed it and this processor is what i got, is this compatible with the motherboard and the gpu still?

GPU: http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/12735096/art/sapphire-t...
a c 158 ) Power supply
August 30, 2012 5:30:16 PM

The m/b, GPU and CPU are all compatible. Max is correct that you should never run a CPU without a HSF. The m/b won't even boot unless it detects a fan plugged in to the CPU_FAN header on the board. The CPU you linked is a retail box that will have an AMD HSF included in the package. The HSF will come with thermal paste already applied to its base so you don't even need to buy thermal paste. You do not need to buy another HSF unless you want to provide cooling that is more quiet than the stock HSF. Stock HSFs can be noisy, especially when the CPU is under a higher load.
August 30, 2012 6:19:48 PM

Rugger said:
The m/b, GPU and CPU are all compatible. Max is correct that you should never run a CPU without a HSF. The m/b won't even boot unless it detects a fan plugged in to the CPU_FAN header on the board. The CPU you linked is a retail box that will have an AMD HSF included in the package. The HSF will come with thermal paste already applied to its base so you don't even need to buy thermal paste. You do not need to buy another HSF unless you want to provide cooling that is more quiet than the stock HSF. Stock HSFs can be noisy, especially when the CPU is under a higher load.


Well Thank you guys very much! I'm not really fussed about noise tbh, ill just get a decent headset with my spare money :D 

I swear without you guys on this site, my dreams of a pc would never come true :na: 

One LAST quick question, with a 500w requirement for the GPU and whatever the CPU is (follow the link from before) will a 550w PSU be sufficient or should i buy a 600/650w PSU?
a c 158 ) Power supply
August 30, 2012 7:37:13 PM

The 500W PSU requirement is for the entire system...not just the GPU. A system with a higly overclocked, power-hungry i7 965 CPU and an HD7850 consumed 256W at full load in this review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-radeon-hd-7850-and-78... It is unlikely that your power consumption will even be that high. On the other hand, the XFX Core 550W is an outstanding PSU and one of the better deals on PSUs that I've found in the UK. If you're paying more than 50, then you should consider it: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004RJ8EKI/ref=s9_si...
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