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?s about upgrading CPU heatsink (pacifically, socket 775)

As a hardware noobie constantly trying to accumulate knowledge, I have question,..

I was thinking about upgrading from the stock CPU heatsink on 775 mobo. I know that most modern heatsinks require a brace/baseplate to be put behind the socket for the heatsink to screw in. Because all 775 heatsinks use the same screw positioning/size, couldn't I just use the stock Intel brace and just swap out the heatsink?

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Don't recall a backplate being a stock item on an

Intel MB or on an Intel HS FAN

Here's a Intel MB ... no HS Fan backplate there and there's no accessory part either.

Only time I see a backplate is on a MB with an oversized aftermarket HS Fan.


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Ohhh... urrrrm...

I'm talking about the heatsink you get when you buy the CPU, not the mobo.

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I should probably explain myself better.

Look at this picture set that comes with the Thermaltake CL-P0464.

As you see, it comes with a mounting bracket that is placed behind the motherboard. It seems (somewhat) logical that should I install a heatsink like this, I could just screw it into the bracket that is presumably holding my stock intel HS in place.

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NONE of the many AMD or Intel CPUs I've purchased over the

last 20 plus years came with backplates and I should add they were all retail CPUs with HS fans. The backplates I've acquired over the years always came with high-efficiency, aftermarket heatsink fans.


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So I just cracked open my case and got a look at the heatsink. The heatsink is screwed in through the 4 holes on each side of the 775 socket. Could the holes be threaded, or is there a brace behind there?

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