Mounting Clips for CPU heat sink cooling fan - heat sink is vertical tower of aluminum fins - need to clip cooling fan to it.

I am trying to find what I can best describe as mounting "clips" or "holders" for a cooling fan (for a heat sink) for a PC desktop computer.   I have the heat sink.  I have the cooling fan.  I don't have a way to attach the cooling fan to the heat sink. I am trying to find them to buy online and am having a difficult time.  The heat sink has the brand name "Cooler Master" and the sides are like ... curved ... in a weird way.  Cooling fan is 120 mm square.  Here is a picture of one of the clips:
LVL 5
Tom KnowltonWeb developerAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Can't see the picture, sorry about that.

I've found in these situations that a hot glue gun is a good friend.  The heat sink should never get warm enough to loosen the glue in normal operation, so you can essentially squeeze out an attachment that will work.  Ugly perhaps, but once the case is closed up nobody will know.  It's easier than trying to chase down the specific connector that particular heatsink manufacturer had custom-made for them to avoid patent infringement.

This is typical, btw, in older vertical heatpipe-and-radiator arrangements.  When an old fan is removed the rubber connectors attaching it to the heat sink are brittle and snap.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
The pic is missing but anyway
At first where is the original mounting clip....are you trying to mod the cooler ?
In order to fix the cooler you need some kind of mounting base that will hold the cooler firmly on your motherboard...think it as a metal frame a little bigger than mounting holes of the mobo...then you will need screws along with nuts and plastic washers (isolation)
0
nobusCommented:
post the cpu and cpu cooler  model plse
0
Make Network Traffic Fast and Furious with SD-WAN

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is a technology that determines the most effective way to route traffic to and from datacenter sites. Register for the webinar today to learn how your business can benefit from SD-WAN!

dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
I suspect what is required is a thin metal wire that clips into the heat sink on two sides and then swings and clips over the top of the fan and holds one side in place.  There should be two of these pieces of wire.

I doubt that those will be available.

Glue gun as suggested or possibly even zip ties to do the job.
0
Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Gotcha
0
Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
cooling fan clip
0
Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Heat sink brand:  Cooler Master

cooling fan:  120 mm square.
0
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Now i got it...so you have issues fixing the fan to the cooler...well 2 things come to my mind
1. Use a long screw with a a nut and a couple of washer to provide the resistance....if you manage to "connect" the nuts it should be rock steady...
2. a lot of manufacturers use some kind of semi flexible metal like a paper clip ....with a bit of testing you should get one to do the job...
0
nobusCommented:
you can drill a hole in the side part of the fan, and attach it with a wire ( maybe do the same on the other side)
0
Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone!  I'll probably just rig something.  I'll figure it out.  : )
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
PC

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.