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Old 07-30-2008, 01:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, this is my first post, so I am sorry if anything is out of place. But I could use some advice and input.

A friend of mine needs to upgrade his computer and has asked me to do it for him. The computer is a Dell 4700. He needs a case for it, because the power supply isn't powerful enough for the video card, It's quite packed so airflow isn't good I'd imagine and he wants a better looking case. Now I don't mind doing this, but I noticed that the cpu uses a copper heatsink with a duct that channels air to the rear case fan. I thought that if he gets a new case then the duct won't work, so I think just replace the heatsink with a cpu fan and sink, but there aren't 4 holes to mount an aftermarket cpu fan and sink. I tried looking up anything about this problem, but I haven't found a solution, and after spending $600 on upgrades, I wouldn't like to tell him that he needs to buy a new motherboard. Can someone please help me with this, the motherboard is a Dell 0M3918. Thanks
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buy anew mobo man lol, u cant really upgrade brand coms much. mobo should have been ur first buy.
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buy anew mobo man lol, u cant really upgrade brand coms much. mobo should have been ur first buy.
Oh trust me, after this endeavor, I will never be buying another brand name com ever again, but I'd really like a solution for the time.
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What exactly is in place on the motherboard? I'm guessing it probably is a black plastic square around the CPU that would hold the heatsink? Usually those are screwed in, and assuming this is a newer computer with an LGA775 socket, you could probably unscrew that stuff and use a heatsink. If it's an older computer, then it probably is not an LGA775 and you will need to either upgrade the motherboard, or buy an older heatsink to fit that socket type.
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I took off the heat sink and there were 4 screws holding in the black bracket for it, and it is a LGA775, says right next to the CPU socket. The screws aren't in an X shape though, like I have seen on some of the other LGA775 sockets, would this be important?
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Can we see pictures? That's the best I can think of for you to show us how your motherboard is built.
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Is this the one. Be careful what hsf you choose. Look how tall those caps are.
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Is this the one. Be careful what hsf you choose. Look how tall those caps are.
That's pretty close, but here is a pic for you guys. And yes I know I have to clean it.

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From the picture it looks like they used a specialized motherboard or something. You may be stuck with purchasing a Dell heatsink or using the one you already have.
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