First off I wanted to thank everyone for this fantastic site for help. Thanks Tecmo34!
I have a dilemma with a new motherboard. Should I send it back for a second time or repair it. The first time I sent the motherboard back the heat sink on the X58 Chip set came detached on one of the 4 pins. It appears that the pin was defective and came out of the mother board. Also the copper heat sink appears to be bent upward at the pin hole by about 1 cm. Now I have a second motherboard and all the pins are attached, but the heatsink is touching the x58 chipset on oneside but it is raised by about 3mm on the other side. Based on heat transfer laws, the air gap should prevent cooling of this chip. Is this something that I should remove the pins and bend the copper heat sink so that it lies flat on the chip or do I send this back for a third time? This is a newegg order.
I based this new build off of this forum:
Total Cost: $2,076.60 Original purchase date 3/18/10
Replacement motherboard arrived 3/31/10
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: purchased now BUDGET RANGE: $2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming and engineering programs and MS office)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (have everything now)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (mostly newegg.com, )
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel 1366, i7
OVERCLOCKING: Yes / CROSSFIRE: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920 x 1080)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet is nice - but working is better
Since this was my first build I decided to plug things in to see if everything else was working. I got the system up and running and it seems to have recognized everything. The x58 heatsink is warm so it must be removing some heat. My thought was to see how things worked and if the x58 chipset got too hot, then I could either fix this one by bending it back in place (Is that possible?). Or buy a new one such as a ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsinks only - Retail $10
This would save the cost of sending this Motherboard back at $12.10.
So am I just desparate to get this computer working? I did see on newegg a number of problems with this motherboard (looking at the poor reviews).