A friend of mine sent me used Pentium 4 motherboard. I'm worried that I'll have trouble getting a good heatsink/fan combo for it because the assembly to clamp the heatsink to the motherboard doesn't look standard. Is there a way to change that assembly to something more universal? I'd appreciate any insight someone could give me.
What motherboard do you have? Brand and model number.
Intel retail boxed processors come with a heatsink fan.
Did he send you a socket 423 or a socket 478 motherboard?
On Socket 423 motherboards the heatsink fan is held on to the motherboard by nut and bolt.
On Socket 478 motherboards the heatsink fan is held on by a rectangle bracket that is secured by push pins on the motherboard.
I hope he gave you a socket 478 motherboard because you will have a tough time finding an older socket 423 P4.