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Installing heatsink/fan

by j0hnnyboy / August 30, 2007 12:08 AM PDT

hello everyone,

now i know this is a n00b question, but this is my first time building a PC from scratch, and i want to make sure i do it right. i have a cooler master heatsink/fan, and i was wondering where to place this:
it's a cooler master XI5-8HD1A and im putting it on an Asus P5GD1-FMS

does it go on top of the cpu? behind the mobo? or behind the mobo tray?

any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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If the item is stiff, not flexible, it probably goes on the
by VAPCMD / August 30, 2007 12:32 AM PDT

underside of the MB.

What's the product documentation say ?


Note: Could not locate this product on the mfgs website..if you locate please provide the link.

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here's the link
by j0hnnyboy / August 30, 2007 12:41 AM PDT

from the store I purchased it from:

it came with no documentation. the X-shaped object is a thick, stiff plastic.

it made sense to me to put it on the back of the mobo, but i just wanted to make sure it wouldn't damage anything.

do you know the name of the X-shaped plastic thing?
lol. is there even a name for it?

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Google for examples
by Willy / August 30, 2007 1:02 AM PDT
In reply to: here's the link

The plastic ring is called, a "bracket". Yes, it mounts underneath. Beware don't screw too tightly(snug it up) when mounting together, use common sense.
If you don't see an example for that model, then look-up others as that cpu socket will provide other vendors similar products.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by j0hnnyboy / August 30, 2007 1:05 AM PDT
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thaaaaaaank you so much.

i really appreciate the help.

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I'd call it a 'reinforcing plate/bracket' whose purpose
by VAPCMD / August 30, 2007 2:53 AM PDT
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is to spread the weight load (doubt this HS Fan is very heavy) and to give you something to secure the HS fan bolts to (without damaging the PCB). Otherwise, how would you secure the HS Fan ?


PS...Looked again at Cooler Master website and still could not find your product. Don't forget too apply some thermal materiel between the HS and the CPU. Otherwise the heat dissipation efficiency will be dramatically reduced.

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by j0hnnyboy / August 30, 2007 7:47 AM PDT

no it's not very heavy at all. i've seen some of the other heatsink/fans that are fairly massive compared to this one.

and i've got the thermal material covered. a tube of arctic silver just arrived today. =]

hopefully i'll have the system up and running soon after i get home from work today...

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Go to the Arctic SIlver website and use their directions re
by VAPCMD / August 30, 2007 9:11 AM PDT
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applying the thermal compound. Make sure the heatsink is parallel with the motherboard and making full contact with the CPU heatspreader.

Let us know how it goes.


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by j0hnnyboy / August 31, 2007 11:29 AM PDT

everything went well.
that is, until i tried to hook up my monitor and i noticed that there was no VGA out.

so now im trying to figure out how to enable my PCI video card without seeing what im doing.

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(NT) Video card ... built into MB or a separate video card ?
by VAPCMD / August 31, 2007 1:06 PM PDT
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by j0hnnyboy / September 1, 2007 8:06 AM PDT

there's no onboard video....and all i have is a PCI video card, and im not getting any video from it. si i guess i have to either buy a PCIe video card or try switching PCI slots till i find one that works.

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Should be able to use the PCI card in a PCI slot (not PCIe)
by VAPCMD / September 1, 2007 8:51 AM PDT
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until you get something better.


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I dont know if that thermal grease is so great.
by strickjh2005 / September 2, 2007 5:14 AM PDT

I removed all my thermal grease on my computers CPU and it is working better than when it had uber excessive amounts on it from the manufacturer.

To be fair, there is a tiny amount that is stuck in between the micro fissures of the heat sync.

So there is a tiny amount on there.

I guess the best way to apply it would to be. Put one tiny rice grain sized spat of stuff on there and then take a bit of paper and smear the stuff all around and then try to remove it all with gentle wiping with a paper towel.

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Thermal grease, if properly applied, dramatically enhances
by VAPCMD / September 2, 2007 11:09 AM PDT
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