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Replacement Fan And Heat Sink For 500 GR

I'm trying to find a replacement fan and heat sink to fit my 500 GR desktop.The only thing marked is the fan which is from coolermaster.
On the other side of the fan it says Protechnic Electric.
12 volts and 0.54 amps.
There are 4 screws that connect the heat sink to the motherboard . Most if not all the fans and heatsinks i've seen have some sort of clamping mechanism .
I'm not computer savy and would appreciate any help that anyone can give me, especially on how to measure the heat sink and compare it's dimentions to those i've seen for sale online.

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Remove the heat sink and fan, take it to any computer shop and they will give you compatible replacements

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