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So i want to place a coolermaster 212+ on this cpu but the mounting holes don't look like they are normally spaced (Dell). So would using thermal adheisve on my CPU be a bad idea, i don't really intend to take it off as this is a server now, i will also be supporting the weight of the heat-sink with zip ties.

So what i am asking is, will it kill my cpu?

http://www.koolertek.com/computer-pa...?idproduct=985

says not intended, but it does not say, do not.
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How much is the CPU worth?

I wouldn't recommend it, generally.
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I wouldn't even consider it. For chipset's maybe, but not the CPU.
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a intel core 2 quad q8400, now that i think about it a system of ziptie restraints could do the job right? like if i place them through the holes and over the base of the heatsink
Edited by townending - 3/19/11 at 12:19pm
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You'd be putting a huge amount of stress on the CPU retention bracket. I could see the bracket bending just enough to let the CPU lift away from the motherboard's pins which would cause intermittent connections.

If you go with zipties you should make sure that you get a lot of pressure on the CPU for good contact.
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a intel core 2 quad q8400, now that i think about it a system of ziptie restraints could do the job right? like if i place them through the holes and over the base of the heatsink
Just wondering... You can't overclock with that board, correct? Why do you need an after market HSF?

Zip ties would probably work, but you'd warp the motherboard.
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Just wondering... You can't overclock with that board, correct? Why do you need an after market HSF?

Zip ties would probably work, but you'd warp the motherboard.
i would support the top end of the heatsink with zipties attached to the case, also i upgraded from a pentium D to a q8400
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So i want to place a coolermaster 212+ on this cpu but the mounting holes don't look like they are normally spaced (Dell).
Its BTX w/proprietary Dell HSF. 212 will not line up, ever.

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Originally Posted by townending View Post
So would using thermal adheisve on my CPU be a bad idea, i don't really intend to take it off as this is a server now, i will also be supporting the weight of the heat-sink with zip ties.
Yes, bad idea. No amount of zip ties will make it mount properly.

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Originally Posted by townending View Post
So what i am asking is, will it kill my cpu?
No, it won't kill your CPU but this thermal adhesive is not designed to be used for mounting a large HSF.

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Originally Posted by townending View Post
says not intended, but it does not say, do not.
It's implied.

If you have the original OEM stock HSF, put it back on and replace w/better fan or add another fan somewhere near the CPU (exhaust). You can also find Dell HSF on ebay for cheap. Also some Dells had the HSF fan exhausting air, turn it around for intake, it will cool the CPU much better.

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Its BTX w/proprietary Dell HSF. 212 will not line up, ever.



Yes, bad idea. No amount of zip ties will make it mount properly.



No, it won't kill your CPU but this thermal adhesive is not designed to be used for mounting a large HSF.



It's implied.

If you have the original OEM stock HSF, put it back on and replace w/better fan or add another fan somewhere near the CPU (exhaust). You can also find Dell HSF on ebay for cheap. Also some Dells had the HSF fan exhausting air, turn it around for intake, it will cool the CPU much better.

yes... but i upgraded to a q8400 from a pentium D, so i doubt the stock heatsink can even handle it
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it actually looks like an AMD mount might fit those holes.

ALSO! a new CPU probably won't work with a dell board. plus theres the issue of power phases. too risky. get a new board
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