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I kind of hate making this thread but I don't know where else to get real help from people who have this cooler.

I bought an H50 today because I saw it was $43 dollars at a local shop here. Now, this is my first non-apple computer so I have learned everything I know about PCs from helpful people in this forum.

Before I made this thread I will say I have read the pretty terrible direction the unit came with, read several threads here on OCN and watched youtube video.

The thing is I do not even know how to take my current heat sink off much less take out the CPU and clean it. Clean it with what? redface.gif. Are there things I need to do in any particular order? I guess I just want to know where to start and if there are pitfalls I can avoid by all of your guys experience. I will try to find a step by step guide in the mean time. Also I could only find crappy thermal paste if that makes a difference.

I was also thinking of installing that northbridge heat sink that comes with this mobo but I may be biting off more than I can chew. I am just so worried I will break something. in this whole process. The guy at the store said it would be easy with my case but I dont see why.

+Rep to anyone willing to help. And still do not get the push-pull concept nor how to make it happen. It seems as if some people swear by it and others say it does not work. I dont have input on that because I don't even understand what it is or accomplishing.

TIA
Edited by mdbsat - 6/18/11 at 7:34pm
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post #2 of 21
The H50 comes with good thermal paste on it already so you can just use that, taking off the old heatsink should be some clips around the side and you can just pull it off, try not to pull the CPU out when you pull it off, you then need to take the mounting bracket off from your old heatsink which is the plastic around the processor. This will leave you some holes to install the mounting bracket for the H50. Use isopropyl alcohol to clean the cpu, if you don't have any then wiping it really well with a microfiber cloth will be enough. Mount the bracket for the h50 and only tighten the screws till the two pieces are connected leaving it very loose. Put on the heatsink and twist it so it locks, then tighten down the screws as much as you can to get pressure on the CPU. The push pull would require you to get another fan for the H50, you can count it as is with one fan and you should get pretty good temps.
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As for pulling off the old CPU cooler, it's probably in there with pins if it's stock and you can easily pop them off from their settings.

As for cleaning, that's easy, use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol to remove all traces of previous Thermal Interface Material from the CPU. You can buy cleaning compound if you really want to, but 98% isopropyl works fine.

As for installing the H50, just watch those videos some more, it's not too hard. From my memory it was something like...

1. attach support bracket to back of motherboard (which if you have a removable back on the motherboard tray will be easy, otherwise you have to take off the whole motherboard from the tray.

2. install attachment bracket on front, loosely.

3. twist the block/pump into the bracket (the little notches are meant to work almost like gears, except you push your pump down till it's past the notches and twist it so the notches on the pump are under the bracket notches.

4. tighten it down till you can't hand tighten any further.
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This is EXACTLY the kind of stuff I was wanting to read. I guess I am just nervous that I will ruin something for good....and don't tell anyone but I am starting to love me PC more than my 5 Macs:p

I have not even opened the box yet so that is GREAT to know I do not have to use this Dynex paste I bought. So just shut down computer and follow the afforementioned directions and I should be fine? It is just the touching the CPU part and screwing something too tight that has me scared. If I can get this part down I may go ahead and install that optional heatsink cooler that came with my board.

Now for the push pull thing. Should I do this? My current setup has one 120mm Exhaust fan in the back. One CM 200mm megaflow fan on the side panel. Two 200mm Fans on the top pulling air out and one 200m fan in the front of the case pulling in air and one 120mm fan on the bottom of the case that I rigged on there pulling air in. I am not sure why I did that or if it helps but I just wanted to do it. And I also bought another 140mm fan today in case I need that 120mm on the bottom of the case for this push pull thing.

So what do you guys think? Should I try this push pull mod, take off the 120mm fan pulling air in from the bottom and out a 140mm fan there?

Do I need to take out the CMOS battery during this process?
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Edited by mdbsat - 6/18/11 at 8:04pm
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post #5 of 21
Push pull should be done with just 120s, the CMOS battery can stay in. Don't worry about touching the board just make sure you aren't on carpeting and keep part of your body touching case metal. Screwing it down too tight really isn't an issue unless you just go crazy. I would say once you can't turn anymore with a nice firm 1 handed grip.
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Originally Posted by Scrappy;13923279 
Push pull should be done with just 120s, the CMOS battery can stay in. Don't worry about touching the board just make sure you aren't on carpeting and keep part of your body touching case metal. Screwing it down too tight really isn't an issue unless you just go crazy. I would say once you can turn anymore with a nice firm 1 handed grip.

Ok, here goes nothing. Check back later to see if I messed something up:D I really apreciate the help guys. Just going to run some before and after ITB and Prime for a short bit. yessir.gif
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I use push-pull out of the case. It looks like this.
    
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With my H70 I get around a 4 degree difference having it as intake instead of exhaust.
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I wholeheartedly recommend getting this stuff to clean your CPU.

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001LMY3MM[/ame]


No need to remove it from the socket if using the same mobo. Just take some coffee filters and dab a few drops of the first solution on it. Then wipe the CPU and repeat until clean. Repeat this step with the second solution to prep for the new cooler and voila, clean processor. The H50 comes with a very high quality TIM pre-applied so just install and go....
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I have a pull push setup, pulling in the front, pushing out the back, so yeah, I prefer to think in terms of pressure, do yo want negative case pressure, or positive? Positive pressure has less airflow, but less dust buildup, negative has more flow, but more dust. Depends on if you have a air compressor handy, or lots of money for canned air.
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