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Hello everybody! First post here!

A little while ago I got a Dell Studio XPS 8100(Intel i7 860 processor). A couple of days ago I decide to download CoreTemp and see what kind of temperatures my CPU was reaching. At idle the CPU is at ~42C and at 100% load for 5 minutes it reaches ~84C.
To my knowledge this is a pretty high temperature for a CPU, so I want to get a new heat sink for the CPU. But the problem is that my case is small so I cannot use any large heat sinks.

I wanted to know if there are any heatsinks small enough to be used in this case. I am on a limited budget so I cannot afford anything expensive.
Also is there anything else I can do to improve cooling? Thanks!

Pic of case: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5812047...ream/lightbox/
Edited by fishymamba - 5/2/11 at 8:19pm
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Looks just like my inspiron!! Clean it and change the thermal compound.
    
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OK That looks like a Socket 775 cooler. Lets see what I can find. I will post it right here in this post as an edit. Whats you location and budget? Oh what what Model Dell is it? Inspirion? Dimension? Thats way I can get a mesurment to determine how big we can go.
Edited by Erick Silver - 5/2/11 at 7:23pm
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At idle the temps seem fine, but at load it's rather high.

Well first off any 92mm tower heatsink should fit.

So there are a ton of those. My recommendations would be the Xigmatek HDT-S963, CM Hyper TX3, Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer 92mm. They are all great heatsinks and should do A LOT better. They are all under $30 shipped in the US.
    
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My budget is $60. I just got some TIM Consultants Quantum grease to use in my PS3 and I will apply it to the CPU.
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I also want to know how I would mount the heat sink. The stock heat sink is held in by some push pins(don't know what they are called). How are other heat sinks installed? Screws? Other mounting hardware?
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Some other heatsinks will come with a backplate with the threading in order for the screws that come with the mounting kit will work right.
Now I am not sure exactly how much room you have and it looks like the CPU socket is knid of close to the RAM slots. So you will want something that will clear the RAM slots. Try This:
Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-G1 Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler - $24.99
Cooler Master Gemini II S CPU Fan - $39.99
But in all honesty I think this next one will give you the best performance.
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm - $29.98 and free shipping.

That Arctic Freezer 7 Pro has gotten very good reviews. and for $30 with free shipping you cannot go wrong. Personally, I would get the Freezer 7.
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Originally Posted by Erick Silver View Post
Some other heatsinks will come with a backplate with the threading in order for the screws that come with the mounting kit will work right.
Now I am not sure exactly how much room you have and it looks like the CPU socket is knid of close to the RAM slots. So you will want something that will clear the RAM slots. Try This:
Cooler Master RR-910-HTX3-G1 Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler - $24.99
Cooler Master Gemini II S CPU Fan - $39.99
But in all honesty I think this next one will give you the best performance.
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm - $29.98 and free shipping.

That Arctic Freezer 7 Pro has gotten very good reviews. and for $30 with free shipping you cannot go wrong. Personally, I would get the Freezer 7.
The Freezer 7 is a decent cooler, but it's not as good as the TX3. It's like 2-3C lower. First hand experience with both.

They are push pins. All you need to do is twist them, then pull them up and off.

Very simple to install the ones with push pins. Since you just reverse what you did to uninstall them. The Freezer 7 uses both screws and push pins to make it a bit more secure, but you don't have to remove the motherboard.
    
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The Freezer 7 is a decent cooler, but it's not as good as the TX3. It's like 2-3C lower. First hand experience with both.

They are push pins. All you need to do is twist them, then pull them up and off.

Very simple to install the ones with push pins. Since you just reverse what you did to uninstall them. The Freezer 7 uses both screws and push pins to make it a bit more secure, but you don't have to remove the motherboard.
I had not seen the TX3 talked about so I was as of yet unaware of its performance capabilities. I have seen the Freezer Pro spoken about and figured that would be the best solution. I have no experience with either cooler as I went form Stock cooling to Xigmatek Dark Knight very quickly.
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I don't think the TX3 will work. It's height is about 5.5inches and my case is a tiny bit smaller. I can just buy it and return it if it is too big. And it's only $20 on Amazon with free shipping for me.


And I checked the Cooler master website and they do not list the i7 CPU under the compatible CPU types. Will it still work?
Edited by fishymamba - 5/2/11 at 8:20pm
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