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symptoms of overheating northbridge?

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what are the symptoms of a overheating Northbridge? Ive heard my MOBO's NB does run a little hot..but when I physically touch it..its hot enough to burn my skin after 1~2 seconds...

ive been getting odd windows 7 x64 bit lock ups..where even crlt+alt+del doesnt even work..and I have to hard-reset
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The symptom of an overheating northbridge would be the system crashing. They usually tend to run pretty hot so I'm not surprised you burned yourself. Check the temperatures in HWmonitor and if they're too high for your liking, you can always add a fan on top of the heat sink for some extra airflow.
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Symptoms? burnt hands?

Try positioning a 120mm fan so its blowing onto the NB heatsink,suspend it from its corners to your case using cable ties,or get a better NB heatsink/cooler.
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I would say if you are having NB overheating try using a fan between 70-100mm what ever you can fit close to the heatsink. You need well placed directional air to move the heat out quickly.
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Many people re-TIM their NB and shave a few C off the temps. The giant tube of MX-2 is good for that kind of stuff. Spot cool fan right on its heatsink will do the most to help.

Personally, the hottest part of my board is the VRM.
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