I have a question regarding fitting my heat sink onto my motherboard

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Raidenz

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I recently purchased this heat sink from newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

I realized the bracket that attaches to my motherboard doesn't line up with the screw holes on the mb.

The motherboard I have is a ASUS M4A785-M

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131595

I can't use the heat sink bracket the motherboard gave me because this kind of heat sink screws into the bracket and the heat sink that came with my mb doesn't have any screw holes on the side.

One solution I was thinking was to purchase this bracket

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1&cm_re=asus_heat_sink-_-35-101-031-_-Product

I was wondering if I were to buy that adapter, do you think it would fit on my Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 heat sink? Or should I just return the heat sink and try to find a heat sink that lines up with my motherboard? Thanks!
 

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The specs say it fits amds however arctic also makes the arctic pro 64 which is really made for the amds.

FWIW I have an arctic freezer pro 64 and it keeps my overclocked amd 940 running in the mid 30s under normal use.
 

Raidenz

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can anyone please just tell me what a compatible heatsink there is for my ASUS M4A785-M mb?
 

Raidenz

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My bad I didn't know you were talking about the processor. So any AMD heatsink will be compatible with my mb?
 

Raidenz

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sounds good crj, now do you know if the bracket that hs comes with lines up with the ASUS mb I have? (M4A785-M) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131595

Cuz my main problem is alignment on my mb. I couldn't find where it says the compatibility of mb on the hs you linked me.

The heat sink I purchased came with components for installation on intel and AMD, but they both still attach to the same plastic bracket (which doesn't align to the holes on my motherboard)
 

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You do not install the hsf to any holes on the board. It installs to a bracket that is attached to the mb. This bracket should have come on your mb. In fact I have never seen an amd mb come without the bracket. Here is a pic.
 

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Raidenz

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No I wasn't talking about the actual heat sink screwing into the mb. I know the hsf screws into the bracket. The problem is, the bracket my new hsf came with doesn't align to the holes on my mb. And the original bracket my mb came with doesn't have any screw holes on it to attack the hsf to.
 
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The heat sink fan assembly does not screw into the board. Take a look in post 11 you will see a lever and as i call them clip attachments.Forget any bracket.On your first post dis regard the heat sink that you listed. Your board has clip slots to accept the heat sink fan assembly shown in post 11.
 
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