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#1 13 years ago

I'm looking for a heatsink/fan for an AMD Athlon64 FX-55 (socket 939); it needs to be an effective cooler, with low noise and -- just as important -- no heavier than the recommended weight. Cost is not really on the top of my mind -- it's for a frickin' FX-55 so the most expensive heatsink is nothing compared to that. The weight is just as important as cooling and sound, as I will be moving it around some, and I don't want to have to dismantle it to remove the heatsink every time I move it so that it doesn't rip a hole in the motherboard. I've looked at a few, but for the most part they're either too heavy, not efficient enough to bother buying it, too noisy or two big. The stock fan might be 'OK' by most standards, but a 60 degrees temperature during load and excessive noise isn't what I was looking for in a heatsink, and the initial point of all this was to build a super fast computer with a good cooling solution, so it's insufficient for my needs. Anybody have any suggestions? And no, I won't be using water cooling, before someone says it. I know it's quiet and efficient, but I'm not using it this time around. Maybe next time...




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#2 13 years ago

i got a Thermalright xp 120 from overclockers.co.uk it uses a 120mm fan so it rotates low speed and looks good

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Thermalright_120.html

they got an offer on it £25

the only thing you need to do is check compatiblity with your motherboard and when fitting it thermalright supply a different bracket for the motherboard it looks good and works good, click on the full spec ink and it will take you too thermalright's website, in the bottom right of the picture where it 'Motherboard compatibility information: Intel or AMD' and you get the mobo list up

the reason i chose that against a copper cooler is that its a good deal lighter so doesnt put too much stress on the mobo

as for the FX 55, well its pricey but im glad i got one, it runs far cry no problem at highest settings and i just got Half Life 2 and it doesnt have any problem with that either

post your specs when youve done matt, i would like to see what you picked compared to my stuff


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#3 13 years ago

I already have everything; except the processor, which I've just ordered, and the graphics card. AMD Athlon64 FX-55 CPU Asus A8V Deluxe Motherboard 2GB DDR400 Dual-Channel RAM (Corsair) Gainward GeForce 6800 256MB Ultra Deluxe (AGP 8x) (Pre-order was delayed until January 2005; so I thought stuff that). 16x/48x DVD ROM (Samsung) 52x/52x/32x CD RW (Samsung) 120GB Western Digital Caviar Hard Disk (7200rpm) (C:\) 250GB Western Digital Caviar Hard Disk (7200rpm) (D:\) Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS 7.1 Sound Card 17" LG Flatron monitor Coolermaster Wavemaster case (black) Antec TruePower 550W PSU In addition to the three fans included in the case (which I've replaced with better ones), there is a Vortex HDD cooler and an exhaust fan for the expansion cards, plus a few other things like rounded IDE cables. Just have to find a better CPU cooler now, but that one looks promising, thanks. I was going to get a Coolermaster Hyper48, but those things weigh almost a kilo... Does that heatsink have a fan in there somewhere, or do you need to buy a seperate one?




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#4 13 years ago

it doesnt come with a fan which may seem daft, but then you can choose the color you want (assuming you want a colored fan)

my cpu temp is 35c idle and 40 - 45C when gaming, but i might try a different heatpaste sometime as i used what came with the cooler

nice spec you got Matt :thumbsup:


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#5 13 years ago

Right, OK. Well according to their site it should fit on my motherboard, and there are some pretty decent reviews of the thing, so I think I'll go for that. Cheers. EDIT = Well I just ordered it, and a 120mm fan. Thought I may as well order it from Overclockers, seeing as it's on special offer there. Thanks M!tch.




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#6 13 years ago

It arrived today, and holy moly is it big. Looks like the fan will actually cool most of the motherboard, not just the processor...




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#7 13 years ago

thats the idea i think, its meant to cool the memory as well as processor but it is gorgeous isnt it?

i should have put this pic up, i spose just shows how huge it is, but it does work well


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#8 13 years ago

I wouldn't call it gorgeous... nicer than your standard block of alluminium with slots in it, at least :D. Bigger, too...




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#9 13 years ago

/me likes shiny metal. Very lovely.




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#10 13 years ago

Nice hunks of aluminum there M!tch:D

I got a stock heatskink that came with my P4. Its pretty quiet and most of the sound is droned out by an 80mm side fans on my case that blows over my 9000pro.

Now how do heat pipes work? Are they just aluminum rods, or are they hollow and filled with something?




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