I've only got a few minutes or so every hour to use the computer as my fan recently died and all i've got is a simple heatsink on my CPU.
My tech level is Moderate to Advanced but i'm just taking extra caution in getting a new fan.
My Computer model is an 838GM from Gateway, MOBO is a 915 G intel
Fan is a AFB0912VH from Delta Electronics
Basically my fan started going haywire a week or so ago, making loud grinding noises so I've removed it and gone in search of another. My main concern is that
A.) Do I have to use the heatsink that comes with the next fan that I buy? I'm going through NewEgg and I'm quite sure the fan dimensions match my deceased one but not sure about my old heatsink ( Intel 82915G GMCH stock).
B.) Do I necessarily need a thermal compound under my heatsink?
I'm looking at this fan right here
Newegg.com - 92mm, CPU Fans & Heatsinks, Fans & Heatsinks, Computer Hardware
but TBH I'd really like some help on what exactly I need to purchase, as I'm not sure if that fan will be compatible with my old heatsink or if the new heatsink would fit on my motherboard.