I got all the parts for the system on Friday (June 6th) and assembled it on Saturday.
I found an oppinion that the Northbridge of this mobo runs hot. Really hot. So I removed the side panel after watching freeview for a couple of hours and attempted to touch it gently with the back of my finger. It is really hot, indeed!! AFAIK, if you cannot touch a surface for more than 5 sec it means is around 55 - 60 deg C. The processor stays at 30 - 35 C, the heatsink just feels a bit warmer than the case ! (too bad the stock fan is so noisy - perhabs I will have to look into replacing it - any advice? - the iCool application supplied with the mobo does not work, it changes nothing, the controls are locked on the highes speed but I can hear the fan speed going up and down)
Is it normal for the NB to get so hot? can it be damaged?
I have some problems with the picture quality and I was advised to install a discrete graphic card (nVidia). Is this going to keep the NB cooler as well, considering all the video tasks are not done there anymore? For the moment I have a small (and noisy!) fan pointing towards NB... I really do not like it.
BUT THE BIGGEST CONCERN is about the Southbridge. The heatsink appears not to be properly secured in place, it is moving around, approx 3 mm from one side to the other. Very easily, without forcing it too hard. The NB heatsink doesn't do that. Both heat sinks appear to be kept in place by some spring loaded fixings, which you can press, and they come back. They work the same in my oppinion, on both NB and SB. The SB heat sink even comes off the mobo if you try and pull one corner (very gently, of course, just enough to feel it is moving). The good news is the SB is not hot at all. It has no reason to be, I have only one PCI sclot occupied, no usb devices or SATA HDDs.
Please help me with your ideas. Shoud I remove the mobo and try to tighten the fixing mechanism? Can it be done? I did not look at the back of the mobo, I have no idea what to expect.
Is it better to return it and try to get a replacement? can I consider this defect a manufacturing defect?
Your help will be much appreciated as I have the PC in my car ready to go there after work.
Ideas before 16:00 will be highly appreciated.