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    Newbie Touran's Avatar
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    cpu cooler touching case

    I'm planning to get a bigger cooler for my cpu (AMD geode) I want to make it as big as possible but have little room (3.5cm above) So I'm planning on buying a bigger one and customizing it for the room I have. Would it be dangerous for the CPU if the cooler would touch the metal casing??? Like short circuit or something?

    the case looks like this

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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    You need a cooling fan on a Geode?
    I thought they were supposed to be uber low-power/low-heat, similar to the C-3 on the M10000....

    Overall, a heatsink touching a case would likely vibrate. That would be annoting, at the very least. It could also work the heatsink loose, at the very worst.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?

    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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    Maximum Bitrate DeltaFX's Avatar
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    Yep, if that Geode is a NX, he needs a heat sink ( GeodeNX = Athlon thunderbird at same freq, with 1/5 of power of a thunderbird)
    Now Galileo is real. Muhahahahaha :p

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    electrically, you *should* be OK, as the motherboard is grounded to the case, but I always try to avoid things like that if I can

    Just leave a small gap (like 1-2mm). You won't lose any performance, and you'll have piece of mind

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    Maximum Bitrate psyrex's Avatar
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    stick a piece of electrician's tape on the case where the heatsink will touch it. I second the vibrate/rattling comment, though.
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