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While looking at low profile cpu coolers today, I wondered. Can a gpu cooler be modified to fit on a cpu? For instance, my cyclone cooler is very efficient, and shallow, and is made to cool much higher temps than my cpu.

I would assume the only issue is the brackets/mounts. Am I completely wrong?
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if you could mount it and the heatsink base would cover the cpu it could be done and would work fine. Getting it to mount might not be easy though
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Nice idea but seems a bit impossible. First off all, it would get in the way of the RAM slots.
You would have to raise the entire heatsink by adding something to it.
Seems fun to do, although it is a bit strange...
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While looking at low profile cpu coolers today, I wondered. Can a gpu cooler be modified to fit on a cpu? For instance, my cyclone cooler is very efficient, and shallow, and is made to cool much higher temps than my cpu.

I would assume the only issue is the brackets/mounts. Am I completely wrong?
The Cyclone on your 450 could not cool an i5 750 very well.

A cooler is not made to cool certain temps. It's made to move a certain amount of heat. Your CPU puts out much more heat than you GPU.

Even my i7 Quads put put more heat than my overvolted and OCed GTX 480. The only reason GPUs tend to run hotter is because they aren't cooled as well.
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It can be done, but you will need to hunt for the right cooler able to fit your board... Anything can be done...

EDIT: As Blameless said above you might run into Heat issues, but imo, some stock CPU coolers are far less efficient then after market gpu coolers.
Edited by G.E.Nauticus - 1/19/11 at 9:17am
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I forgot about the case real estate problem. I would just stick with a cpu cooler tbh
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