Heat Sink Clamp Holder Broke

Dell / Dimension 2350
March 18, 2009 at 09:25:13
Specs: Windows XP
While replacing a power unit on my son's Dell Dimension 2350 , I had to remove the case fan with attached wind tunnel. I noticed one of the chrome clamps that hold the heat sink down had fallen off. The plastic piece that it clamps to had broken off on one side, so it would no longer clamp down. The clamp on the other side is holding fine, but the heat sink is not laying flat, but is tilted up a bit because of the lack of a side clamp.

Should this be a cause for concern, or can I just let it go?

Thanks in advance.

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March 18, 2009 at 09:46:58
IF you are talking about the heat sink on the CPU, then yes, it should be a concern. You can probably fine the plastic piece on ebay, or if not, at least fine the whole CPU cooler component on eBay.

If you can't find an exact replacement, you can always use one of the generic heat sinks for your particular CPU type (if you need help figuring out what you need, just post back). And replace the whole cooler with the new one. This may prevent the aground form fitting, but you should still be OK.

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March 18, 2009 at 21:40:27
Yeah, that should be a socket 478 which will have a bracket surrounding the cpu that the heatsink will clamp on.

That bracket is replaceable but you'll have to remove the motherboard to do it. It might be proprietary in which case you'd need one from another Dell, probably the same model.

Take a look here:


Does that look like yours?

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