I may sound like a true idiot, but I cannot figure out how the hell to get the heatsink off the Northbridge. I just ordered a heatsink and fan since it will supposely cool down the overall temp. Anyway, I just can't figure out how to get the heatsink off.....help!!!
ahhhhh..i think i know what kind you are talking about..do they look more like a pin with a spring? if so, only 2 ways to get off..remove mobo from case and on the other side, use needle nose pliers carefully to squeeze the end and push back through the board (the best way) ..or carefully with scissors actually cut the pins from on top..if there is enough room between mobo and floor of case behind it, you can push them out of the way and the new ones should have pushpins as well..there is the chance though that if there isn't enough room, you can't push them out..you know what..unless your fan is failed, or too noisy, i would leave it..it's not nearly as critical as a cpu fan and most boards still only have an heatsink, never mind a fan on top..i'd leave it, at least until you ahve a reason to take hte mobo out.
sorry..now i get you..so ya, if it is those pins..and it sounds like it,, try one of the methods i recommended..you can always try cutting them and if they won't get out of the way, take out the board..no harm done..just do it carefully so you don't scratch the board..and use some artic silver underneath it if you're going to this trouble.