The plastic piece that held the heat sink on my dell Dimension 2400 broke on one side.

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    DK59

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    I’m guessing heat caused it to brittle or the fact they made the plastic thinner on the sides. I can still use one side to hold it down but that causes it to be sideways and not touching the full cpu. Should I find a replacement part or just let the heat sink glue hold it in place?
     
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    The easiest thing for you to do now, assuming those retainer hoops have to be replaced, and irreparable, would be to get yourself a new northbridge heatsink. Those are relatively cheap, and come with their own retainer hoops.

    above from here, do not know if dell will have replacement retainers
     
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    It happened a couple of times to me too, and I was lucky enough to find an 'almost' compatible retainer among the pile of junk I never had the guts to throw away.
    Ask your friends for it, go rummage in a junkyard, replace it with a piece of (insulated) iron wire, do whatever you wish but don't - repeat DON'T - just rely on the glue. Overheated chips die with discouraging ease :(
     
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    Ya it looks like I have to wait for my next check to get a new retainer as I want to get everything in one go. I finally found a graphics card on eBay but I’m just hoping it won’t be gone by the 31st because it was a pain just finding that one.
     
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