I"m looking to replace the stock CPU heatsink and fan on my Dell i5 desktop. Unfortunately due to the case dimensions, there isn’t enough space to put a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus on the chip. So I have been looking around for something that is both shorter and effective. It looks like up the Zalman CNPS 9500A cpu fan/heatsink combo is pretty good and it will fit in my case at only 125mm height. The only potential problem is that it has a 3 pin fan connector to the mobo, while my stock fan is a 4 pin fan.
This leads me to 2 questions:
Can I put a 3 pin fan connector on a 4 pin spot and have the fan work without having to do anything funky in the BIOS or have any problems?
Are there 3 to 4 pin adapters for this sort of purpose? So far my searches keep pulling up 3 pin to molex 4 pin.
Thanks in advance.