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by camspin / May 27, 2007 12:58 PM PDT
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It's a match...
by John.Wilkinson / May 27, 2007 1:07 PM PDT

The three are indeed compatible with each other and at just over $100 a relatively good deal for a low-end system. Just two notes:
1.) With 512MB of RAM and no graphics card don't attempt to run Vista...stick with XP or lower.
2.) Check out the motherboard when it arrives...from the comments it looks like it's a mixed bag.

John

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More q's
by camspin / May 27, 2007 1:24 PM PDT

Thanks, john.

Also, I just realized the pcu doesn't come with a heatsink. Is there a specific type I need to buy or are they universal? And will I be OK with a cheap one or should I spring for a better one? Thanks!

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Standard 80mm socket 939...
by John.Wilkinson / May 27, 2007 1:39 PM PDT
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A standard socket 939 heatsink with an 80mm fan gives you a wide range of options, with this one being a good buy at $4.99. Whatever you do, though, don't forget to purchase a small tube of thermal paste if you don't already have one. This one for $3.49 + S&H is fine. Without proper application of thermal paste you will have major problems.

Hope this helps,
John

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thanks
by camspin / May 30, 2007 1:59 PM PDT

So, the thermal paste actually goes onto the processor, right? and then the heatsink installs over that and kind of glues onto it.. or am i confused? thanks..

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You got it...
by John.Wilkinson / May 30, 2007 2:17 PM PDT
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There needs to be an even, thin layer of thermal paste between the CPU and the heatsink. Both too little and too much can be detrimental, so don't overlook it as a minor step. I like to use a lint-free cloth to apply it, spreading it out until it's just thick enough that you no longer see the color of the processor. It is quite adhesive, so try to get it right the first time...it can be a little tricky to get the processor unstuck from the heatsink without damaging it.

Also, remember about static electric discharge...you should properly ground yourself, avoid shuffling your feet on carpet, etc. before starting.

John

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Old, but good advice
by linkit / May 30, 2007 3:02 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks

Always follow the instructions that come with the thermal paste, as some are a little different than others.

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