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Claire_Kitty

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Hi, I'm wanting to upgrade my heatsink, but I'm not sure what I need. My motherboard is this model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138373. I've determined I have a AM3+ type socket, but I don't really understand what that means or what it has to do with a heatsink. The stock heatsink the computer came with has a 70mm fan on it. I think this is the fan/heatsink that it came with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103188. There is about 1cm of space on each side before I would run into other stuff, does that mean I can get a 90mm heatsink/fan and it'll be okay? The motherboard has this like, seating or something for the heatsink and I'm not sure I can remove it, and if I could, what could I replace it with? Thanks in advance.
 

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Is there some sort of problem with Cpu temperatures that you're trying to fix ?
 

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My CPU fan broke, so I was thinking it would be a good time to replace the whole heatsink aswell.
 

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It would be a lot easier to just replace the fan.

You may not find the fan for sale by itself but if you get the exact same heatsink & fan (Ebay ?) you could then fit the new fan onto the original heatsink.

Otherwise, to replace H&F, you would have to remove the existing H&F, remove the thermal compound/pad from the bottom of the heatsink and from the Cpu , apply new thermal compound, then lastly fit the new H&F.
 

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Yes, but my question is about what kind of heatsink will fit in, or be compatible with my motherboard/processor.
 
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The fan on your heatsink was probably running max all the time trying to cool the cpu seeing as that heatsink is junk. The Stock AMD one would have done a better job cooling. What cpu and case are you using? There are tons of AM3+ heatsinks to choose from, but some are rather large and may not fit in your case.
 

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My case has plenty of room in the umm, outward direction. The RAM and some other things are quite close to the current heatsink, about 1cm away on every side. I can't really boot up the computer safely without the fan in order to check the CPU.
 

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If you are set on replacing both parts, heatsink and fan, you might as well take it off now and read what it says on the Cpu so you can tell Amd_Man which Cpu you have.

I tried to save you some work in my previous post. You really need to measure the space in 3 dimensions then compare it to the size of the H&F you are thinking of buying to see if it will fit.
 

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I don't think that one will fit. I went ahead and took a picture with a measuring tape. That's in centimeters.
 
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