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Help. Chipset Cooler

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  1. dant22185

    dant22185 Thread Starter

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    I was looking into maybe getting a new HS/ fan for my north bridge chip set. I noticed it gets pretty hot and in turn I am sure some of that heat is moving toward the processor as well.

    Question: How do I know what works?

    My MB is a Dell. Model: 0M017G, ATX.
    North Bridge: Intel P45 Revision A3

    I was looking at getting:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835425007.

    The thing I am not sure about is if It will work. On the chip set right now it has 2 retaining clips holding down the aluminum heat sink. I'm not sure if i could reuse these clips or not. Or are chip sets pretty universal?
     
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    I'm not familiar with your Dell model, but on most Dell's I work on the two heavy wires that go across the northbridge hook to four "eyelets" soldered to the motherboard.

    The "eyelets" and the two heavy wires are part of the overheat system circuit and if you remove them the machine will not boot.

    I've had a few Dells in the shop where an "eyelet" has broken loose from the motherboard and the machine thought it was overheating and would not boot because the overheat circuit was broken.

    Since there are no wiring schematics available for motherboards, I am not sure exactly how the overheat circuit is wired. In my opinion if you are concerned with the northbridge temperature I would cut a hole in the side panel and use an 80 or 92mm fan with a fan guard to blow more air on the northbridge heatsink.

    Truthfully, if the machine is not having problems, I would leave it alone, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
     
  4. dant22185

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    Haha good point. I guess I am being overly worry some of the temps. It is also like you described with wires holding down the HS connected to these little loops on the motherboard.
     
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