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broken motherboard-mounted retention - heatsink options

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by google, Dec 14, 2005.

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    google Guest

    I'm a bit of a hardware newbie. Installed plenty of PCI cards and
    memory but nothing as complicated as a processor/heatsink.

    I'm received a free computer - free because the motherboard-mounted
    retention mechanism - the black plastic box surrounding the processor
    has a brocken hook so the brackets holding down the heatsink/fan have
    come loose The specs of the machine are good enough to make it worth
    saving (1GB ram, i think the processor is a p4 around the 2ghz mark)

    the mobo is an ASUS P4B533 (socket 478).

    so is there anywhere I could buy a replacement "black box" i.e. the
    motherboard-mounted retention or get a heatsink for the socket 478 that
    doesn't require hooking brackets into the black box.
    google, Dec 14, 2005
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    Glen Guest

    Search eBay for 478 retention bracket. Should be $5USD tops.
    Glen, Dec 14, 2005
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    Doug B Guest

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    Ghostrider Guest

    There are several manufacturers of these that will sell to
    a retail partner. Some of the larger electronics/computer
    parts stores carry replacement brackets. And they can also
    be mail-ordered from Intel as the brackets are, essentially,
    plastic, snap-in parts.
    Ghostrider, Dec 14, 2005
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    - Guest

    If you have Fry's, CompUSA or Microcenter nearby, they should be able to
    help you out. Also, if you have a local mom-and-pop computer shop, they
    should have one for you (even if they have to salvage one off an old board).
    Make sure to get the plastic retainers/clips. Otherwise, you will have to
    do as others suggest and order one. Be careful not to bend/twist/flex your
    board when taking off the old one or installing the new one!

    -, Dec 14, 2005
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    Sherman Guest

    Quick drying Epoxy or contact cement.
    Sherman, Dec 16, 2005
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