I busted one of the heat sink clips on my motherboard & it's making my computer over-heat. I've got an MSI Mega case & the clip I guess is unusual since the heat sink is so small & other clips just won't fit it.
Anyone know where I could find a new one? I've been to Fry's, looked on MSI's website, & called some computer tech help people (I think it was Nerd Services?)... no luck. I tried making one out of wire (ha) but I lack the MacGyver skills. So yeah, any leads would be appreciated.
Is it the heat sink for the CPU or another chip on the MB ? What type of CPU is it ?
The mega series is the small form factor PC if i remember right, your best bet may be to call MSI's service department other then that the only thing i can think of would be to find a computer shop, or go to a computer show and ask around.
It's for the cpu, but it is the heat sink that came with my case. The computer shop I talked with said it would cost at least $30 to get a clip, which is insane for a little piece of plastic. I guess I will have to call MSI & hope my warranty is not up... but I'm pretty sure it is.
Thank you both for suggestions.
Just buy a new, better heatsink. Make sure it fits your CPU socket, although is it true you have a small form-factor PC? if it is then it complicates things...
I can't help if that's the case. Sorry!
Yes, the Mega case is very small & has a special heatsink that fits it. I was trying to avoid sending in my computer to MSI, but I'm afraid they're the only people that carry the part. Bah.
Originally Posted by blitzace
In the case of broken plastic, I usually just take some extra plastic from the part trees of my Father's model kits, a soldering gun, and melt the plastic piece back on with the plastic off of the tree. However, getting a hot soldering gun next to a motherboard is very dangerous if you don't know exactly what you are doing. If you are desparate, you can try this method, but make sure that you take the tip away from the mobo every few seconds so the mobo doesn't fry out (mmmm.... roasting motherboard).
You probably don't want to try that (in fact, I really don't recomend it), so I will ask if you have tried loading the gap between the processor and heat sink that you now have up with heat dope? Your supposed to always use the stuff (as far as I know), but I usually don't as it makes the heat sink a real bitch to ever get off again. If you do use some heat dope (which should be available at any computer shop), don't ever expect to ever see thoes little numbers on the processor again. Its nasty shit, but it does the job.
Other than that, I guess you could try making some kind of cross brace using the case itself, or rods comming up from the mounting wholes of the mobo that then extend to a cross brace. Could probably do some things with a stiff and accuratly bent coat hanger, but doing this without shorting anything out will require a little skill and forethought.
I'd say that you may want to try the heat dope first. If you know someone at a computer shop, you could ask them their opinion, as I don't know your exact situation (how big is the gap, it the sink in danger of falling right off and damaging the motherboard or cards, etc.). The best I have right now.
Getting the socket from MSI or a repair store could work, but I wouldn't want to tackle the task of soldering that into place myself, or even trying to take the old one off to begin with. Too easy to screw up the board by getting it too hot with your soldering gun/iron. Might as well go with the melting of plastic then.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
Or you could try using a strong glue, depending on how badly damage the clip is (or whether you've thrown it out)