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CPU fan screws too small

By Hocknose
Oct 15, 2010
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  1. ok so I decided to buy a new PC case and motherboard.

    I start transferring all the components from my old PC to the new one and leave the CPU until last. CPU slotted in perfect then I go to put the fan on and start screwing it in to the motherbaord and the screws aren't biting. I have a closer look and the holes on the motherbaord are way too big for the screws of the fan. I'm stumped!!!

    I work in IT support so I have quite an advance level of hardware knowledge and I've not come across this before...any ideas?

    Motherboard model: Gigabyte GA-P41-ES3G Socket 775
    CPU: Core 2 Quad
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    Which heatsink are you using? Was there's a retention mechanism/backplate on the other motherboard?
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    You will need a new CPU fan/heat sink for the new motherboard. For the Intel 775, there are basically 2 types of CPU heat sinks. Plastic push pins and the metal back plate metal screw type. Are you sure you didn't leave the old Intel metal back plate on the old motherboard?
  4. Hocknose

    Hocknose Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I've just had a look and I did leave the backplate on the old motherboard...

    Cheers for your help guys!!!
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    Thanks for the update Hocknose... good work!


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