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Removing only the Fan on stock socket 478 processor?

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Hi everyone.

I was wondering if there's a way to only remove the fan on a socket 478 hsf, without removing the entire heatsink?

I don't want to take the entire heatsink out(eventhough I do know how), because I don't have any thermal paste at the moment to reapply.
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It would be difficult and somewhat risky. If I recall accurately the access to the tabs are on the underside of the fan housing, and require a moderate amount of force to remove. I don't have my S478 P4 anymore so I can't verify....sorry.

IMHO I would remove the HSF completely when doing any work on the unit. It's not worth ruining something due to haste.
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thank you

If I remove the entire HSF, would it be necessary to clean the old thermal paste and apply a new one before putting it back in?
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If I remove the entire HSF, would it be necessary to clean the old thermal paste and apply a new one before putting it back in?

Yes....VERY necessary.
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Sounds like your hs fan died on you? What I would do, until I got some paste, is temporarily rig up a different fan to blow on it for now, with some zipties and/or creative cable management or something. Deffinitely keep an eye on your temps. But ya, like sideburns said, you really should have some new paste and do a good cleaning before reapplying your hs.
    
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Thanks guys

I was just wondering, which would be better for someone like me who never applied thermal paste before - MX1, Arctic Cooling 5, or Zalman STG1?

I have a store near my house with Arctic cooling 5, will that do the trick or is it relativetely hard to apply and a bit dangerous since it's somewhat conductive?
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Hmmm, no experience with those particular ones. The other Zalman's that I have installed have been fairly easy, easier than the towers.

Note: With whatever HSF you choose, do a "dry-run fit" first (being careful not to scratch the HSF footrpint or IHS) to get a feel for the fit. Formulate an attchment plan so that the HSF is not jostled around or lifted off once set (can create minute air pockets). Wrestling with HSF's can be trying so be patient.

Whoops! Ya, AS5 is highly recommended. Opinions vary when it comes to dot or smear.
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