Replace FX Processor CPU Fan

Hello everyone, this forum solved many doubts i had in the past, and saved me from several computer disasters (and still does) so i believe it's time to get involved in it.

To begin with here's my issue, i recently got a FX 8120 processor, temperatures perform pretty well under load (even using prime95). They don't go over 43-47º C with stock cooler, but the problem is that this cooler does too much noise. I have a fan from an old Athlon Processor i had, which is bigger and makes less noise, and seems to fit perfectly on the FX heatsink. My question is if it is possible to replace the fan (not the heatsink) and put that fan from the Athlon pc that still works in the FX heatsink ?

Thanks for your help.
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  1. Wouldn't hurt to try. Just remove the 4 screws located on the fan and see if it works size-wise, width and screws go all the way through. If not, just screw it back on. Measure the size against it. Not sure what your old Athlon was but Bulldozer does run pretty hot and your old Athlon fan may run at the same speed/same noise.

    Use that screwdriver.
  2. ^+1. Second that.
  3. yes done it a few times . less noise for sure , better cooling by 2c , it's the noise that is biggest improvement . Those stubby 7 blade fans are terrible !

    these are the fans you're talking about , right ?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284620-29-purchase-stock-cooler#10261277
  4. jerry6 said:
    yes done it a few times . less noise for sure , better cooling by 2c , it's the noise that is biggest improvement . Those stubby 7 blade fans are terrible !

    these are the fans you're talking about , right ?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284620-29-purchase-stock-cooler#10261277


    Yeah, my actual cooler looks like the one on the right, the one i want to replace it with (my old Athlon Cooler) looks like this one exactly (only the cooler): http://img1.mlstatic.com/cooler-foxconn-para-amd-en-caja_MLA-O-2600373313_042012.jpg
  5. Another question, i don't see any screws near the fan or inside the holes it has, instead i see some plastic things holding it. How to i take it out of the heatsink ?
  6. Leo Dragons said:
    Another question, i don't see any screws near the fan or inside the holes it has, instead i see some plastic things holding it. How to i take it out of the heatsink ?


    pull the plastic surround off fan falls out , plastic surround just has to be pried off at the 4 points the little plastic pieces grab the heatsink
  7. Leo Dragons said:
    jerry6 said:
    yes done it a few times . less noise for sure , better cooling by 2c , it's the noise that is biggest improvement . Those stubby 7 blade fans are terrible !

    these are the fans you're talking about , right ?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284620-29-purchase-stock-cooler#10261277


    Yeah, my actual cooler looks like the one on the right, the one i want to replace it with (my old Athlon Cooler) looks like this one exactly (only the cooler): http://img1.mlstatic.com/cooler-foxconn-para-amd-en-caja_MLA-O-2600373313_042012.jpg


    the old athlon cooler you show will not cool an fx cpu well , the stock one with heatpipes is just adequate
  8. I wouldn't take a chance with that small cooler fan on the larger heat sync. Unless you know the CFM is the same, you're better off getting a nice quiet after market cooler.
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