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Hello all, dunon if you read my other posts but i bought 8800gts (not arrived yet), and im unsure as to wether or not it will fit in my computer, because of the position and size of my current NB heatsink...

However i just had a small ray of light when i checked my parents better 7 newer computer and realised thier NB heatsink is about 1/2 the size of mine and chances are it wud be perfect size as to not block the 8800gts in my computer!! great right?

Im not sure wether or not its safe to switch heatsinks between computers, both look same except one is smaller....Wud it make any different to use the 'older' heatsink in the newer computer???

Thanks guys for replys much appreciated.
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Wait for your new card because i'm almost positive it will fit without having to replace a heatsink, unless its some huge aftermarket cooling northbright heatsink that you installed.

Also, your motherboard probably runs hotter than your older computer and putting a smaller heatsink on your northbridge would be worse than stock cooling and probably cause it to overheat.
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Wait for your new card because i'm almost positive it will fit without having to replace a heatsink, unless its some huge aftermarket cooling northbright heatsink that you installed.
yea i told my parents that too, id wait for new card before i switch heatsinks, but if it comes to it would there be any harm in switching NB heatsinks??

Also in my parents PCs theres two heatsinks by look of it, one near the PCIe slots which is the smaller NB heatsink i hope, and then another big branded one thats like 3 times the size of my heatsink, whats the diff?
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Let me recommend you a great heatsink that will give you room for the video card, and allow you to mount a fan on it should you need to.

Here is the Thermaltight HR-05 SLI. it is made to be ofset to allow the video card to fit above it. Then you can use it on your new motherboard when it comes in. It works great for the NB or the SB.

HR-05 SLI





This is a good pic to show what I am talking about:

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Most stock NB coolers are rather borderline as it is, replacing it with a smaller cooler is almost certainly a bad idea.

As for the two heatsinks in your parent's PC, the larger one is probably the northbridge heatsink and the smaller one is likely on the southbridge and would be far too small to cool any but the oldest NB chips.
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