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Hey, ok, to keep this as short as possible... I'm currently building a semi-gaming PC and was on the hunt for a new heatsink. I also own a Dell PC which recently had a faulty 140mm fan and I requested a replacment and for some odd reason, along with the fan, came a brand new heatsink (yaa!) Now, I know that a BTX heatsink is tilted, but by tilting the heatsink to match the screw holes on a ATX board, the heatsink lines up perfectly with holes 1 and 3. (see pics)

The problem is, the heatsink never came with any brackets as it was designed for BTX, and I was wondering, is it possible to some how find compatible brackets for this heatsink? It looks like a Zalman/Coolermaster replica, if not, the actual brands themselves but de-branded. (no signs of a brand, just a Dell part number.)

My first thought was to get a hold of some very long screws and just feed them through, or some how find compatible brackets that reach to the screw plate... What do you guys think? Looks possible... If this works, I just saved myself a good £25 + £5 for paste = £30 ($55)





Edited by Zonet - 2/21/11 at 4:49pm
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I don't see it working well. Having it only held down with two screws and no proper bracket is going to lead to warping your pcb, and its probably not going to sit straight with proper pressure across the whole surface with be mount being on an angle like that. And you should really clean that preapplied crap off of there and put some proper compound on there anyways.
    
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No. Horrible performance and it's going to warp the PCB.
Just grab a CM Hyper 212+.

You can certainly test it out, and check out the temps, but I wouldn't suggest using it.

Edit:
Screws are going to be your best bet. I really doubt you'll find any compatible brackets.
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No. Horrible performance and it's going to warp the PCB.
Just grab a CM Hyper 212+.

You can certainly test it out, and check out the temps, but I wouldn't suggest using it.

Edit:
Screws are going to be your best bet. I really doubt you'll find any compatible brackets.
If it means saving a good $55 then I don't mind placing the computer on it's side, that way no weight will be applied to the board. I'll go down to the local hardware store tommorow (wickes?) and see if I can find anything long enough.

Open to suggestions.
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If it means saving a good $55 then I don't mind placing the computer on it's side, that way no weight will be applied to the board. I'll go down to the local hardware store tommorow (wickes?) and see if I can find anything long enough.

Open to suggestions.
Why would it cost you 55 dollars? A 212+ can be had for quite a bit less. (didn't notice you were buying in Europe)

Edited: You don't need to buy TIM with a 212+. Has it's own tube.
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Why would it cost you 55 dollars? A 212+ can be had for quite a bit less. (didn't notice you were buying in Europe)

Edited: You don't need to buy TIM with a 212+. Has it's own tube.
I heard it was some generic crap... apparently. At the end of the day, a 212+ will cost £25 including postage ($45?) and if I can save that much, that's definitely a plus because I'm a little short handed of cash atm and every penny counts.
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I heard it was some generic crap... apparently. At the end of the day, a 212+ will cost £25 including postage ($45?) and if I can save that much, that's definitely a plus because I'm a little short handed of cash atm and every penny counts.
Not at all. If you're going to be overclocking, you need to invest in a good heatsink.
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I heard it was some generic crap... apparently. At the end of the day, a 212+ will cost £25 including postage ($45?) and if I can save that much, that's definitely a plus because I'm a little short handed of cash atm and every penny counts.
It's not 'generic crap' at all. Cools my i5 just fine. Has a fairly decent stock PWM fan to boot. Much less generic and crap than that Dell heatsink.. At least it's actually made for your mobo, after all.

Anyway, it's hard to use the exchange rate to fully explain how much a part costs.
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