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Mounting a small CPU cooler on my 7600GS

post #1 of 11
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hay guyz.
So I just put together a computer for a friend today, and one of the things to be attached was a Spire socket 478 CPU cooler. It was mislabeled on newegg and said it would fit a socket 754 socket, which it doesn't. I ended up using an stock AM2 HSF i had laying around, but i still have this extra HSF. Imo, its not worth it to pay for the shipping to return it, so i was thinking about what I could do with it. So I decided i should probably put it on my xfx 7600gs (link isnt my exact one, i guess they stopped carrying it. It was the same except mine has 512 vram and doesn't have hdmi). :3

I googled around a little, but i couldn't find much on how to do this. I'll probably just buy a socket 478 motherboard bracket and mess with that, if I actually go through with trying this.

Anybody have any tips or links for similar already-completed mods?
    
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post #2 of 11
does the cooler when placed over the gpu does cover all the mounting holes?
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post #3 of 11
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I took a look at it yesterday, yeah, it overlaps all the holes.
Picture:

The CPU heatsink overlaps the 4 stock HS screw holes, along with the extra two. I don't know if the extra holes on the far side of the card are usable. The CPU hs also overlaps some, but not all of the vram. I'd assume I just need to buy/make some heatsinks for those that aren't covered, correct? Green box is an approximation of the size of the CPU heatsink in comparison to the image.
    
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post #4 of 11
Simply drill holes through the heatsink at near the same spacing as the four holes on the card and use zipties.

IF ANYTHING DRILL THE HOLES SLIGHTLY CLOSER TOGETHER THAN THE HOLES ON THE PCB ARE, THAT WAY THE HSF WILL BE SQUEEZED DOWN TOWARD THE PCB RATHER THAN AWAY FROM IT.


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I want it to look somewhat clean, i dont really feel like using zip ties. :| I'm planning on drilling holes in the heatsink slightly smaller than the screws that hold the current heatsink in, and then screwing it down to the PCB board with a screwdriver. would that work?
And if i needed larger or different screws for some reason, is there any certain screw I would need? The current screws have springs on them. What is the purpose of that?
    
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post #6 of 11
the springs are used to prevent your card from snappingin half, while still keeping a tight fit.
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post #7 of 11
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update-
here's a little picture on how I plan to do dis. I already have the holes drilled, I'm just waiting for some AS5 and ram heatsinks from newegg, Otherwise i would've been done already. D:

+rep for everyone who gave advice.
    
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post #8 of 11
As the guy above said, definitely use springs. It's REALLY hard to get a good even tightening down without them.
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post #9 of 11
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alright, I'll see if i can find some.
edit: i probably wont even need to look. I can just recycle the springs from the old screws on the stock heatsink.
    
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post #10 of 11
g2 do sum drilling...
Make sure you get support, cuz heatsinks are heavy.
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