Msi 845e max cpu fan replacement

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mikayoung

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Hi, All. I have a MSI 845E max socket 478 MoBo with the CPU cooling fan base (retention module) broken. This part came with the motherboard. Where can I find a replacement fan assembly and retention module that will use the existing motherboard holes? The ones Iv'e seen so far don't look like they would work. Any help appreciated.
 
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Remove the retension mechanism from the motherboard and post clear picture of it, both top and bottom. Some OEM's used the standard Intel retension mechanism and some used a proprietary mechanism. Attached is a pic of the standard Intel retension mechanism with a broken retension mechanism hook which is the part of the assembly that is most likely broken on yours.
 

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mikayoung

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Thanks for the reply. After I posted, I found a retention module on the internet that may work. It was inexpensive, so I'm not out much if it doesn't fit. Your picture shows exactly what is broken on mine.
 
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You have to be careful when buying these heatsink retainers. There are a lot of Chinese "knockoffs" sold on the net that are a really cheap plastic. The original Intel brackets are a polycarbonate plastic and fairly strong. I buy from a company where I believe the last I bought were $3.95 for the original Intel bracket.

By the way the Intel part number for that heatsink retainer is A65428-001
 
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