Solved motherboard problems: heatsinks loose

Emachines / Et1331g-05w
December 25, 2013 at 22:35:45
Specs: Windows 7, amd IIx2 270 3.4ghz/ 4gb RAM
so with the holidays i was able to purchase all my components. Im opening up the motherboard box, a msi z77a g45, when i noticed tears in the antistatic bag. There was no cushioning on either of the large sides of the mobo, so it got tossed around. I wiggle one of the heatsinks, and its loose. I can easily fix it by tightening the mounting screws, but im afraid ill short out the mobo. Should i ground myself and use the ole metallic tools or should I buy plastic tools?

thanks and happy holidays.

mobo:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130687

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#1
December 25, 2013 at 23:33:23
Which heatsink(A mosfets or a chipset)?
Tighten the screws will not short out the board.
Remember to benchtest your hardware before installing them into the system case.

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#2
December 26, 2013 at 00:11:25
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Which heatsink is loose?

I assume it comes without a cpu heatsink as per the pic, below:
https://www.fcomputer.dk/images/0x0...

Hard to tell, but the chipset sink may only be held by clips and spring pressure, the others (if that's what they are) around the edge of the boards ; difficult to see from the pic how they're fixed.

Nothing to rattle around on there that I can see, unless they included and loosely attached a cpu sink.
Probably no need for the extra support you suggest, assuming it came in the original MSI packaging.

If you are unduly concerned and suspect damage, send it back. Otherwise no harm in giving a heatsink screw a tweak if that's what's needed and your observation is correct..
Such an operation wouldn't normally warrant a surgical approach. Just take the usual care, as you would in handling any mobo, graphics card or RAM.


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#3
December 26, 2013 at 03:04:17
Lol I'm too careful. I'm no pc savvy, but thanks for the replies. The loose heatsinks are the two that come attached to the board btw. I could see the screws on the back of the mobo that are "holding" the heatsink in place, I just have to tighten them a bit for there to be good heat transfer. Do you guys know how to connect the case fans? I don't know wether to hook them up to the mobo or psu.

My fans are 2 noctua nsf12a, a cooler master that came with the case, and a 200mm cooler master megaflow with leds.


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#4
December 26, 2013 at 06:19:42
Look for a board layout in the board manual, from the layout u will see both CPU fan header and system or case fan headers.
The soft copy can obtain from MSI website.
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z77A-...

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#5
December 26, 2013 at 08:37:19
"The loose heatsinks are the two that come attached to the board btw"

I see 3 heatsinks. There's the large rectangular heatsink at the end of the PCIe slots, that's for the chipset. And there's two narrow heatsinks near the CPU socket, those are for the mosfets. Regardless, if they're loose, snug them down. Either that or return the board for a new one.

What's up with all the cooling fans? If you have a case with the power supply mounted on top, all you need is one exhaust fan in the rear. Cases with the power supply at the bottom have poor cooling characteristics & are not recommended but if that's what you have, you will need at least one large exhaust fan in the rear near the top & if possible, flip the power supply upside-down so that the fan is inside the case. Just be careful not to drop anything into it. Front intake fans & side panel fans are unnecessary regardless of which type of case you have. And it's better to connect fans to the motherboard whenever possible.


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#6
January 25, 2014 at 17:25:32
sorry for not replying in such a long time, but I have been able to set up the new pc (this includes tightening the heatsinks. I want to thank everyone for all their help, I honestly wouldnt have been able to do this without you guys.

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#7
January 27, 2014 at 09:16:09
Thank you for getting back that all is working. Please select a Best Answer and that will mark the thread Solved.

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