just brew it! wrote:Picture link not working...
How hot are we talking about here? Unless the system will routinely be running in an environment that is above ~37C I think the chipset should be fine without an aftermarket heatsink. I would be more concerned about the exhaust fan dying.
Ryu Connor wrote:
just brew it! wrote:How warm is it now? You say you can touch it... but is it cool, warm, or bordering on hot?
just brew it! wrote:Another possibility would be to stick some of these on it. They come with double-sided thermal tape; looks like a cluster of 4 of them would fit on top of that chip.
just brew it! wrote:Ryu Connor wrote:Great idea... why didn't I think of that?
just brew it! wrote:Whiny little northbridge fans that burned out after a year if you ran the system 24x7 sucked big time.
MadManOriginal wrote:I suggest going passive...the small fans on chipset or old VGA heatsinks are virtually guaranteed to wear out in not too long. The AS Epoxy + another heatsink is the way to go. Try asking around for old junked computers or electronics, get handy with a rotary cutting tool or a hacksaw and you're good to go. (The Zalman won't fit...MAKE IT FIT...by cutting it )
JustAnEngineer wrote:You don't have to use the 47 mm tall Zalman ZM-NB47J northbridge cooler. There's a 32 mm tall version dubbed the ZM-NB32. Have you measured your clearance? Note that these come with the plastic push pins and adjustable metal clamps so that you can mount the heatsink to the motherboard holes around your chip without resorting to epoxy.
LoneWolf15 wrote:Because I'm a cheap sonofagun, here's my suggestion.
Go to your nearest mom-n-pop computer shop. Explain to them what you want to do. Ask if they have a pile of bad motherboards (almost everyone has a junk pile) that you can scrounge for a matching heatsink; tell them you know it isn't that hot here, but you will be moving to somewhere that is. Ask what it will cost you if you find one that fits (know that they may just say "take it", but asking shows you're a decent customer, not someone looking for a handout). At most, they'll probably charge you five bucks for one.
If you lived in my neck of the woods, I'd gladly provide you one off one in my junk pile if it fit. I usually keep a few junkers around for the occasional BIOS chip, CMOS battery, some jumpers, or a part like the heatsink you mention.
MadManOriginal wrote:I suggest going passive...the small fans on chipset or old VGA heatsinks are virtually guaranteed to wear out in not too long.
just brew it! wrote:MadManOriginal wrote:I suggest going passive...the small fans on chipset or old VGA heatsinks are virtually guaranteed to wear out in not too long.
I don't think anyone on this thread was seriously suggesting a fan-based chipset cooler.
MadManOriginal wrote:just brew it! wrote:I don't think anyone on this thread was seriously suggesting a fan-based chipset cooler.
The OP himself did in post #9.
just brew it! wrote:It is OK if it wiggles a little, as long as it is being pressed down flat against the chip by the springs. How much thermal compound did you use? If you used too much, that could make the heastsink less effective.
JustAnEngineer wrote:Does the 300 look like the Zino HD?
It looks pretty tight in there.