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Simple Heatsink Question (Like which one i should buy)

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lostshoe420

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Dec 22, 2003
I'm getting the Abit NF7-S mobo with a Barton 2500+

The heatsink I have chosen now is the Thermalight 900A.
Is that the one I want? I really want the best possible choice as this is the first computer I'm building.

Also, if you feel like it, list the fan I should get too :)

Thanks in advance guys, you have been extremely helpful so far.
 

james.miller

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Jun 8, 2002
Location
Dunstable, uk
i wouldnt get the 900a. it uses the clip and it just inst up to the job to be honest. My 800a uses the clip and ive crushed a cpu before because the clip doesnt keep the heatsink firm in one place - it still allows it to pivot on the core.


I'd seriously suggest you get the 900u instead.
 
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lostshoe420

lostshoe420

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Dec 22, 2003
newegg doesn't carry it, and i was really looking to buy everything there...has anyone else had big problems with the 900a?
 

Susquehannock

The Mad Smelter
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Aug 26, 2003
Location
Maryland, USA
The "clip on" SLK-900a seems to work well for me so far.
I'd have bought the 900u instead, but this board hasn't
the proper holes. And the 900a was only $24 delivered
from SVC,com during their coupon sale.
(SLK-900u = $42 @ the time)
 

flowrider

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Feb 4, 2003
Location
Aldergroovey, BC
or get the 947U. Thermalright says it won't fit but it's super easy to mod. Took me about a minute with a bench grinder. Big, secure and cool!
 

torchedlh

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Jan 24, 2003
i use a SK7 and i love it. i think an ALX-800 would do well too. so will any of thermalright heatsinks. the ones that use the 4 mounting holes are a little better because it's sturdier and less chance of it ripping out the ZIF socket. however, if you case doesn't have a removable mobo tray (all antecs) changing thermal paste or CPUs is a chore that would take atleast an hour if not two. so if you like to fool around with the heatsink/cpu/thermal paste, make sure you pick your heatsink wisely.
 

archilochus

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Sep 26, 2003
Location
Houston,TX-USA
Torch,Once the X plate is installed,all you need to do is backup(hold) the standoffs when you loosen the screws that hold the HS down. It's not neccessary to pull the mobo each time!
THE FANMAN:cool:
 

torchedlh

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Jan 24, 2003
archilochus said:
Torch,Once the X plate is installed,all you need to do is backup(hold) the standoffs when you loosen the screws that hold the HS down. It's not neccessary to pull the mobo each time!
THE FANMAN:cool:

who knew!? i fell uh.. yea...:eek:
 

cstarritt

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Nov 7, 2003
i really wish i had put a little more thought into my mobo selection and bought an nf7 instead of this au13, i really wish i had those mounting holes.

as for protecting your cpu from a clip on, you can peel off the foam spacers on the corner and put some epoxy putty there. just put a small ball of it on there and press down on it with a peice of glass. take the glass off and once its cured you have a core that cant be chipped. its like a diy idiot handling shield for an amd.