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RAM too close to heatsink?

So I'm in the middle of building a new NAS and I've got most of it put together already. I'm keep thinking about my RAM and proximity to the heatsink. The RAM is barely touching but very close to ...
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Switching from a motherboard with a Nvidia video card to an Intel based one

I own a Dell Vostro 1710 whose video card is broken (its one of the renowned GeForce 8600M failures). In an attempt to recondition the laptop, I want to buy the motherboard with the Intel video card ...
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What's the proper way to remove thermal paste from a CPU?

I'm replacing the heatsink on my CPU, and want to clear the current thermal paste. What should I do?
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Five year old unopened boxed CPU – is the stock thermal compound still good?

I have obtained an unopened, sealed, boxed CPU dating back to 2009. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 with heatsink + thermal compound pre-applied. Is the stock thermal compound still OK to use after ...
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Second Fan Mounting Brackets

I have a Cooler Master Blade Master 120 that I've mounted as a second fan on my Cooler master hyper 212 evo. I'm concerned I may not have properly setup the mounting Brackets. I got two sets of screws ...
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Compatibility of mounting holes for 775 and 1150 style sockets

Will my 775 CPU cooler fit the mounting holes for a 1150 style socket?
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Brand New Dell Studio 1558 Heatsink fan not working properly

So here is my situation, I've a Dell Studio 1558 laptop running on Corei3 Processor and about few months ago it stopped working, on powering on there would be no display although I could hear the ...
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Should thermal compund be replaced after the heat sink is taken off?

I recently took apart a Dell Inspiron N5110 Laptop to clean the cooling fan and other stuff. This involved removing the heat sink as well. I did not put on new thermal compound when I put things back. ...
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In a laptop cooling fan, what are the grills (for air flow) called? And what's heat sink?

My laptop's cooling fan is pretty much identical to this: (Image credit) As detailed in the question, I would like to know what the grills on the side of the fan, which enable hot air flow out of ...
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CPU fan spins at post but not in Windows or BIOS

I have been experiencing random crashes and other issues with my machine which lead me to ask questions about troubleshooting Prime95 failures. Unfortunately I Have not yet been able to resolve the ...
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Is it OK to use toothpaste instead of thermal paste when fitting a CPU?

I was told many years ago to do this by someone who at the time knew more than I did. The CPU was a celeron in the Pentium 2 era. It ran cooler with the toothpaste between the chip and the heatsink ...
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Does the color of a heatsink affect its performance in dissipating heat?

I know that heatsinks come in different fin forms and those different fin forms affect the way how they dissipate heat. However, there's something I could not get about them and it's their color. Can ...
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Can I replace my notebook's fan without replacing the heat sink?

My laptop (Acer Travelmate 8204) has started making a grinding noise, which seems to be coming from the fan (not the hard drive). Some articles online mention replacing the fan, but others imply that ...
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How unsafe is not tighing screws diagonally?

Image example: When I first installed my Hyper 212 Evo I didn't follow the instructions closely, and did not do the above. The machine seems to runs fine but I'm paranoid I damaged the 3770K in ...
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Can I use an LGA 1156/1155 heatsink on an LGA 1150 motherboard?

I'm considering moving to Haswell from Nehalem by just getting a new mobo and CPU, but I'm not sure if I can keep my current heatsink. Can an LGA 1156 heatsink be mounted on to an LGA 1150 ...
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Are Socket C32 and socket 940 coolers compatible?

I would like some confirmation - would a heatsink for Socket 940 fit on socket C32? I ask this because a lot of coolers do not specify this socket, while specifying S940. However, the mounting holes ...
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Heatsinks and Xeon E5 CPUs

I've constructed a server that uses 2 Xeon E5-2620 CPUs and per Intel's recommendation I'm in the process of ordering a heatsink and I'm slightly concerned about thermal management. The case I'm using ...
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Serious CPU overheat issue

So I have had a look at this post and am still somewhat in the mire. My computer is: CM Stack Case, Tagan 900W PSU, Gigabyte K8NSNXP, 2 Gig Corsair something or other RAM, AMD 64 X2 4400+, 3 HDD (2x ...
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What is the gum like thing on the heat sink?

See the attached picture. What is the gum like thing? Should I replace it with thermal paste? Thanks! Update Thank you guys! I replaced it with new thermal paste and my laptop is not burning ...
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Orientation of PC during burn-in?

I heard a rumor that when you build a new PC, you are supposed to "burn" it in for about 24 hours so the thermal paste will correctly bond between the heatsink and the CPU. Assuming this is really ...
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How can I test my heatsink?

Is there any way I can heat up my CPU and see if the heatsink works?
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Remove heatsink to add CPU

So I added the heatsink/fan assembly to the Z77 mPower motherboard without ever adding the i7 CPU. *facepalm* How can I remove this assembly to insert the CPU? It has some plastic snap pieces that I ...
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Does Lapping a CPU / Heatsink actually drop the temp?

i've been watching some YouTube vids about Lapping a CPU. I've never heard of this modding technique before and, though extreame, I was wondering if it acutally works? Assuming you lap your cpu ...
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Which of these heatsink technology would be better?

as per this question I think I should direct this question to this site. Having been a computer enthusiast for a while I have yet to build my own computer, but I'm at it now for this Christmas period ...
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Computer shuts off after heatsink upgrade

I just recently replaced the stock heatsink that came with the AMD FX-8150 with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and have been having a lot of issues with my computer ever since. I first noticed the ...
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Run AMD Rana 455 CPU without retention bracket securing the heat sink?

I just recently got a 3.3GHz AMD Rana 455 CPU to replace an old X2, but one of the clips on the retention bracket broke off. I have another one ordered, but in the meantime I have some work I need to ...
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Pentium 4 3.4 GHz cooling

I have an old Northwood compatible Shuttle XPC that I upgraded from a 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 (Northwood) to a 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 (Northwood). Now, I'm wondering if it is cooling it well enough. I've seen it ...
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Replacing stock Core 2 Duo heatsink fan (just the fan really) with a Dell CPU fan

My old heatsink fan broke and I'm trying to reconnect its plugs to a new fan. My Dell CPU fan has some custom Dell plug. I snipped the old fan's wire in half and kept the plug on the end of it. I ...
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i7 920 temperature issues [closed]

All right, my i7-920 is running at stock, however it is idling at 70-80c and under load 90-95. I'm running the stock heat sink on top of it, there is no dust, it's all very clean and airflow in the ...
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Which heatsink size/socket fits on an AMD E350 Zacate?

I have the Jetway NC85-E350-LF which comes with a tiny fan. For reasons unknown to me yet the CPU of this board runs very hot during simple operations. I've read that idle temperatures around 45C are ...
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Micro ATX = Stock Heatsink and RAM are touching

I recently bought a micro atx mother board and have run into a problem. The stock amd CPU heatsink sits so close to the ram that they are actually touching. I assume that this will cause future ...
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Is it safe to place heat sink such that it joins multiple voltage regulators?

This is quite possibly a stupid question, but the GPU cooler I bought leaves me with little choice but to position heat sinks such that they straddle and join multiple voltage regulators. Is this a ...
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black and white screen with lines on PC monitor

from last 2 weeks my computer was booting almost after 30 seconds. Before 3 months ago, my computer hardware assistant had removed graphics card because of heating problem(as he said). Before 2 days ...
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Took off heatsink in my laptop, “gum” underneath gpu requires paste?

So I had a bad experience with my laptop when cleaning out the vent. I had to remove the heatsink to clean it out, but then the computer turned off constantly. I opened it up again and I applied ...
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How to choose a CPU heatsink?

Ok, I've never really thought much about heatsinks, but now mine is crapping out and I'm looking around seeing these monster copper things, and people warning about compatibility and such. So, I have ...
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How can I know I'm buying a heatsink that will work with my CPU?

How can I find out what CPU heatsink and fan will work for my system? If a system is shutting down after being used extensively for gaming or other intensive activities, I would assume it is over ...
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Installing Heatsink (XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283) onto Motherboard (ASRock X79 Extreme9 LGA 2011 Intel X79)

I recently have purchased: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283, in the instructions it states two different type's for the installation of the Intel LGA 2011. It lists Type 1 and Type 2. Now I have the Intel Core ...
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Bad Heatsink in My Computer? [closed]

My computer gets extremely hot where the fan and heatsink are. The fan works, so I think the problem must be with the heatsink, even though that seems very unlikely, since it's passive. Thought I'd ...
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How to unglue microprocessor from heat sink?

I disassembled a Dell Precision 530 and replaced 5! bad capacitors. I tried to reassemble it but realized that I cannot succeed unless I can remove the microprocessor from the heat sink. The ZIF ...
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Does the height of a CPU's heatsink affect the cooling?

The CPU of my computer has a quite tall (about 1.5in I think) heatsink compared to the one my friend's computer had, and this question has been in my mind for a while. Does the height of a CPU's ...
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Can someone explain these confusing CPU temperature readings?

So I'm running an i5 in an ASUS P8P67 M-Pro board and for whatever reason I'm getting some confusing tempature readings. HW Monitor is reading my CPUTIN at 92C but my core temps are only at 38C. I've ...
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Will the same heat sink and fan work? [closed]

My friend has a Compaq Presario SR5703WM Desktop PC Product Page He Wanted to upgrade and was gonna get another faster by 600 mhz sempron, after research i told him to get a dual core or quadcore , ...
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Pulled out CPU with heatsink

I am using a AMD Phenom II X4 965. I was replacing the stock heatsink with an aftermark Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 Rev. 2. When I unlatched the stock heatsink and pulled it from the motherboard, the ...
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Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink?

Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink? It's a bother to remove and re-apply it, plus I wonder if having fresh paste is worth the risk of handling the ...
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Reapplied thermal compound to North Bridge, computer no longer boots

I'm having trouble getting my computer to boot up. Would appreciate any help. Is my motherboard fried? The problem: Computer won't boot, won't go to POST. No beeps. Power button light does not light ...
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Can I replace my CPU heatsink/fan “studs”?

On my current CPU heatsink fan combination the "studs" (not sure if that is the right term) are broken, preventing it from seating correctly. Can these be replaced, and does anyone sell a replacement ...
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Installing CPU With an Attached Heat Sink?

I'm replacing the motherboard on my PC. I removed the heat sink, which is still attached to the CPU because of the thermal paste. I noticed that some pins on the CPU are significantly bent, but I ...
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Can I use an old sempron stock heat sink with a Phenom II processor?

I'm upgrading from an old AMD Sempron 140 to a Phenom II 945. The motherboard will be the same. Assuming I'm not planning to overclock, can I still use the same stock AMD heat sink that came with ...
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Are Socket AM2/AM2+ Heatsinks Compatible with Socket AM3 processor?

I bought an Asus Lion Square compatible with a AMD Athlon II X3 435 Socket AM3 processor? I know strictly speaking, the Lion Square specifies AM2 but I'm a little confused since AM2 and AM3 are ...
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How to remove Intel push-pin heatsink from motherboard?

I have an Intel E29477 heatsink with those push-pin quarter turn fasteners in the corners. I just replaced my motherboard and apparently didn't get the thermal compound on right when installing the ...