I've had an Asus A8N5X motherboard for a little over a year now. The motherboard was great until recently; the fan that cools the northbridge stopped working (which seems to be not so uncommon on these motherboards). At best my temps idle a bit higher now (41-42 degrees celcius idle, 45-47 when gaming), and now my PC will restart automatically, and give me an error telling me about the dead fan. Of course, heat is a big nono for computers, and I would like to keep things as cool as they once were.
I'm not a huge expert on computers, so bear with me on these questions...:p
1.) Which northbridge coolers do you guys reccomend?
2.) What should I get to cool my northbridge; a fan, heatsink, or a combination? I do not overclock, but I have a resonably powerful GPU (7800GT), a lot of memory (2gb), and a mid-range CPU (Athlon 64 3200+). I know heatsinks offer the benifit of no sound, but would they cool sufficiently for me?
3.) Is space an issue? I wouldn't think it is, but I have heard of people having problems fitting components (like fans) because they simply do not have enough room (I have an Antec Sonata II, if that helps).
Any help is greatly appreciated!
A heatsink will cool your Northbridge sufficiently aswell as cancel out sound. Though, the Northbridge can get rather warm. If you have a cool ambient temperature inside your case, then you should be fine getting away with just a heatsink.