hi guys, i have just tried to replace my slave hdd, but i found my heatsink for nvidea sitting in the bottom of the cabinet. would it be advisable to fit a seperat graphics card, and bypass the on board graphics.
Firstly, the heatsink belongs on the top chip near the processor. It should have wire retaining clips. If they are still there, try refitting the heatsink.
If you can see some thermal compound in the hip and/or heatsink, wipe it off and put a very little fresh on before refitting.
Secondly, this is not "the graphics chip" - but part of the nvidia chipset which runs the whole board. You can't "get around it" by fitting a separate graphics card - proper operation of this chip is essential for the whole motherboard to operate.
One way or another you must replace this heatsink. If the retaining clips are broken, then please come back to us.