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What CPU fan can I buy?

by CNH1996 / January 28, 2013 2:50 AM PST

Hi, I have the Dell Studio 1558 which has had many known problems with over heating. I have quite recently took the laptop apart and gave the CPU fan a full clean but I want to see my other options for a CPU fan/heatsinks. If anyone could post some links to where i could find a better one to upgrade my laptop I would be very grateful Happy Link to the specs on my Laptop: <span id="INSERTION_MARKER">http://gyazo.com/0b127b1bc61223ab708c4bb651904ac9


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It's a laptop.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 3:00 AM PST

Sorry but the choice of fans is severely diminished so let's go over our options.

1. Use better heatsink compound. I won't list such because it's a well worn topic

2. Did you consider that for gaming the i7 isn't the bomb? That is, I'm sure you read this.
"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "

I like the i7 but for those that game I suggest they reconsider the i5.

3. Now watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat. I've been able to stabilize i7 laptops by limiting the number of cores in Windows. The i7 should default to 8 so I set it to 6 and for gamers they barely see the difference except the machine may not lock up now.

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(NT) PS. Forgot item 4. "Laptop cooling pad."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 3:12 AM PST
In reply to: It's a laptop.
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Keep it dust free, use a notebook fan-cooled stand like the
by VAPCMD / January 28, 2013 8:52 AM PST
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Hey, I own that one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 8:58 AM PST

It's not very noisy and I've had it for only 5 months and it's on almost every day. The really nice touch is you can move the fans around underneath for what you think is the best positions.

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Looks like a good one....I spotted it 8-12 weeks ago
by VAPCMD / January 28, 2013 12:03 PM PST
In reply to: Hey, I own that one.

while wandering the web.

I have a similar unit by Cooler Master with only 2 fans (movable) but rheostat. You can change the incline of the base and it has two stops that keep the laptop from sliding off the stand.

Keep up the great work.


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