Is it stock or aftermarket? and if aftermarket, what is it? The stock Intel coolers are a pain in the butt to reuse because of those damned plastic single use pins. The 4 core stock intel heatsinks had copper cores. If your heat sink has what looks alot like a big penny on the bottom you can use it.
For your own sanitiy's sake though I suggest buying some arctic cooling replacement pins. Their design is far far better than intel's. Reusing Intel pins generally involves a great deal of profanity and sometimes dental tools.
if it's just aluminum on the bottom you don;t want to reuse it for several reasons. One, it won't conduct heat well enough, but secondly, the fan with the all aluminum heats sinks generally isn't PWM, so it will make a lot of noise.
OK made it home! So this is what I have. Think I should get a new fan and heat sink for my e8600 (LGA 775) or just clean this off and put it on?
I cleaned off the dust. I don't see any plastic pins. the heat sink is secured to the MOBO by four screws. So I'm not sure what you mean by plastic pins. I won't be overclocking the e8600 just trying to save a little $ right now.
So I could:
1) Keep this fan and heat sink put some thermal paste on
2) Get a new or used cheap cooler
3) Put an a nicer Noctua that could be used in my next system using a adapter kit. Noctua website has a coupld of fans that seem to be 775 compatible and adaptable to LGA 1150 chips.
So if anyone has a recommendation I'd appreciate it.
Edited by Pwrmx24 - 4/5/14 at 4:15pm