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    Broken Heatsink Retainer

    I have a PC with a Socket 478 mobo, which has one of the plastic "bars" broken off, that the heatsink clips are supposed to clip onto. Are these plastic mounting thingy's replaceable? Are they standardized in mounting method to the mobo, so there are generic ones available? Or are they specific to a particular mobo manufacturer? This is a Gigabyte mobo.

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    Re: Broken Heatsink Retainer

    These clips often come with the heatsink, whenever I have replaced the heatsink on one of my PCs with an upgraded one it has come with replacement mounting hardware.

    StuartR

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    Re: Broken Heatsink Retainer

    >> These clips often come with the heatsink, whenever I have replaced the heatsink on one of my PCs with an upgraded one it has come with replacement mounting hardware. <<

    It's not the clips that are the problem: it's the plastic piece on the mobo that the clips attach to.

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    Re: Broken Heatsink Retainer

    Some heatsinks come with the whole lot, including a metal frame that goes behind the motherboard to support the weight.

    Look at the contents of the plactic bags that ship with this one for example. (This was literally the first heatsink that I looked at to see if I could find a picture for you).

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    Re: Broken Heatsink Retainer

    A search on ebay for
    <code>478 heatsink bracket</code>
    Turned up a good selection at very modest prices.

    StuartR

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    Re: Broken Heatsink Retainer

    StuartR,

    >> Some heatsinks come with the whole lot, including a metal frame that goes behind the motherboard to support the weight. <<

    Now at least I know what this part's correct name is <grin>. I don't see heatsinks with such brackets around here, but at least now I know I can hit eBay for one, if I have no luck locally. Thanks for the info.

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