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Mounting a 120mm fan on stock heatsink

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I've got the stock Athlon II heatsink, and was wondering if it would be worth mounting a 120mm fan instead of the included 70mm one. Two mounting methods have come to mind, one being to buy an adapter funnel, the other using meccano-like pieces on each corner from the heatsink mounting holes to the 120mm fan. Would I see any temperature benefits?

I know a lot of you will tell me to get an aftermarket cooler, but I don't have the space, it's in a small, old case with a top mounted PSU, I only have about 9-10cm between the mobo and PSU. I'm open to low profile heatsinks, but I'm pretty short on cash (read broke).

Thanks.
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Any chance you can get a picture of the inside? I think you might have more room than you think for a half decent aftermarket cooler.
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If only I did, picture's in the attachment. That's an 80mm fan by the PSU. Don't worry, I've done serious cable management since then.

Edited by Churminess - 1/30/11 at 9:12am
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Any cooling benefits? I've since found the Scythe Shuriken Rev.B, that would fit, so I'll probably go for that when I get the cash together.
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