I currently have an i7 920 and I recently ordered an unused Xeon X5650 to replace it.
I currently have a Gelid Tranquillo. Its nice, but a pain to fit the fan on and off.
I have a few options:
- Clean the Gelid and reuse.
- See if I can reuse the backplate
- Replace the whole thing.
The Gelid seems to use a fairly standard backplate with sprung screws that retain the tower in place.
I guess I am asking if for simplicity I could replace the heating sink, but reuse the mounting mechanism? I think it was lightly stuck on before screwing together. So after the years of operation it might be firmly attached to the back.
Any advice on a replacement appreciated.
I live in the UK.