|Hey, well, I ordered the replacement piece of kustompcs.com along with some arctic silver 5. |
I replced the clip (the CPU retention bracket) THe shi*** AM2 only has the one protruding piece on each side but the one I ordered from kustompcs has 3 on each side, so it fits snug. I cleaned up with some Cd cleaning wipes (untreated, lint free) and some tape head cleaner ( i read it and it said it contained isoproyl alcohol.) Put my bloc of arctic silver in the centre of the CPU and placed heatsink on top (also cleaned) and twisted it a bit while applying slight pressure downwards. THen fixed the HFS in place.
Put everything back together and booted up ... system works fine but temperatures are idling (in BIOS) at 41-43 degrees when it used to idle in BIOS at around 32-35. I know the instructions say there is a break in period so i'll see how my temps go.
Still no response from my retailer regarding Asus's reply even though i told them it was quite urgent that I had my motherboard fixed or replaced. That is definitly the final strike for Asus because I am sick and tired of their poor customer service.
And my retailer is also going in the right direction of losing a long term loyal customer.
Thanks for all the suggestions and let me know if you can offer any clues about my temps. Thanks
AMD 4600+ AM2 w/ AC Freezer 64
Asus M2N32-Sli Deluxe
2x 1GB Corsair TwinX DDR2 800
Enermax Lib. 500W PSU
2x 250GB SATAII 7200 16mb
1x 200GB IDE 7200 8mb