Upgraded CPU athlon II to phenom II, new heatsink wont work

April 24, 2012 at 11:44:34
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Hey guys, I have a dell Inspiron 570 and it originally had the athlon II, I upgraded to the AMD phenom II x 4 and finally got it in the mail yesterday. When I went to install the new heatsink the brackets are completely different and there's no way to install it. I called AMD and they said they are familiar with this issue and suggested I buy an aftermarket heatsink bc they do not make one. Thing is I'm a newb and don't even know where to start... Can someone please help me with this? I don't want to of wasted that much money for a new CPU and burn it up, bc I tryed installing the old heatsink and when I play games the CPU temp gets up to 71c! Any advice would be great, thank you guys!

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#1
April 24, 2012 at 12:31:28
The brackets for Athlon II & Phenom II stock heatsinks should be the same, actually depending on the particular models. What CPU model do you own now?

The old cooler won`t work well with Phenom II x4. What you can try to do is unscrew the fans from the both heatsinks, switch the brackets and screw the fans as they were.

Waiting for the others reply might be a better option, since doing the above might void your CPU`s warranty.

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#2
April 24, 2012 at 13:05:41
Just use the old cooler as it was designed for your Dell Case, you need to clean all the old thermal paste from the cooler and put on some new thermal paste.

Please don't use your computer until you have done this.

http://www.arcticsilver.com/PDF/app...


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#3
April 24, 2012 at 13:33:49
I am using the old cooler and have cleaned it completely and put new thermal compound on it. But it still gets up to 71c when gaming... Way too hot!

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#4
April 24, 2012 at 13:50:19
probfixer, they aren't the same :( do they not make an aftermarket?

oh btw I have the Dell Inspiron 570


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#5
April 24, 2012 at 14:04:54
Upgrade your BIOS, turn off cool n quiet in the BIOS

You may want to unscrew the fan from the new cooler and swap it with the original dell one, if it fits. It will be a much higher RPM fan then the dell one.

See your problem is that AMD motherboard already come with the CPU cooler mount and your dell does not use the same style clip. The dell uses a back plate and the cooler screws in. AMD uses a clip to a bracket.

Other then that you will have to find an after market heat sink that has the motherboard mount.


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#6
April 24, 2012 at 14:13:07
Gretti thank you I will try that! Any idea where I can find an aftermarket heatsink, I am a newb and have no idea where to start looking...

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#7
April 24, 2012 at 14:26:07
newegg.com
amazon.com
tigerdirect.com

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#8
April 24, 2012 at 14:35:43
How did you apply the thermal paste? A dab in the center of the CPU is all that's needed. Too much or improperly applied can cause the CPU to run hot.

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#9
April 24, 2012 at 14:49:33
Riider I may of got a little excited the the thermal paste... Will this really cause it to overheat? Would u recommend me taking it apart clean it off and reapply what like a dime size or something of thermal paste?

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#10
April 25, 2012 at 01:24:13
Read the PDF in response #2 about how much paste to use.

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#11
April 25, 2012 at 02:48:58
Depending on where you live, you might be able to buy a new cooler & heasy from Newegg. Hyper 212+ is a decent cooler. However I think you won`t need to buy one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

First, try to switch the heatsink brackets as explained in #1. That might be the easiest & cheapest solution.

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#12
April 25, 2012 at 05:06:32
I highly doubt you need a new CPU cooler. Applying the paste correctly is critical to proper cooling. A tiny dab in the center of the CPU is all that's needed. If you spread it around like frosting a cake, it will block the heat transfer into the heatsink & cause the CPU to run hot. So to answer your question - yes, you should remove the heatsink & clean ALL paste from the bottom of the heatsink & top of the CPU, then apply it as per the instructions in response #2.

Here's how it should look:

http://www.elitekiller.com/pics/AS5...

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/svco...

Do NOT spread the paste around. It will spread on it's own when the heatsink is locked down.


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#13
April 25, 2012 at 08:06:40
Ok I did as u all said and reapply the proper amount of paste but it is still running 65-70c which is too hot! After further research I have found that the only CPU cooler I can use are the screw in types (screws need to be 2 7/8" apart) or I may be able to take out the motherboard and change out the back plate so that I can use a better cooler. Do you all know of any screw in CPU coolers that might work?

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