I have an emergency problem: I bought an Intel DQ965co motherboard and Intel Core2 Duo CPU E6400 and for some reasons the heatsink that comes in the CPU’s box doesn’t fit into holes on this motherboard. It appears that the distance between those holes is too big and the heatsink’s wings are not wide enough or maybe the heatsink is not big enough. Could it be that I don’t need to install any heatsink/fan on this motherboard at all? I need to find a solution ASAP. I used to have tons of motherboards in the past and never had such ridiculous problems. I feel like an idiot!!! : 8O 8O
Any help would be very much appreciated.
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BTX boards do not use standard heatsinks, but rather a giant hunk of metal called a thermal module. Did you buy a Core 2 Duo that was advertised to work with BTX? If you didn't, you recieved Intel's standard ATX heatsink, which won't work.
This is a thermal module - much bigger and heavier than a standard heatsink.
Let me reiterate - the processor is fine and will work in the board, but you need a different cooler such as this one.