My chipset fan has died.

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  1. Sharp Shard

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    Hi,

    As the title says, my chipset fan has died - the 40mm x 40mm one (I don't know if that's the universal standard?)

    Anyway, I've orded a new one, but wanted to ask about the 'spray' or solution I am supposed to apply to the bottom of it before attaching it to the motherboard, could anyone tell me what that is and how much it costs?

    Thanks.
     
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    Are you talking about the base of the heatsink or the actual fan?
     
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    The heatsink. Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
     
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    That's fine. Arctic Silver is probably what you want, assuming the heatsink clips on and doesn't rely on the sticky kind of thermal paste - Arctic Silver doesn't have any adhesive qualities.

    I thought I'd clear up whether it was the heatsink or fan because you might have been asking about how to attach the fan to the heatsink.

    Thermal paste is put between the chip and the heatsink to fill the gaps. It conducts heat better than air, which is why it's used. So for a northbridge or southbridge chip you would only need a very small amount of paste on the chip because it has a small surface area. You could spread the paste very thinly over the chip and then attach the heatsink.
     
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    You will need to clean the surface of the chip with isopropyl alcohol & cotton bud to remove the old paste before applying the new artic silver.

    Gavin
     

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