Dell Inspiron 1545 :: Cannot Do Upgrade Without Proper Heatsink

Mar 12, 2010

I've purchased a new (refurbished) 1545 motherboard H314N with ATI Radeon onboard video for my son's laptop. I will install, but first I need to find the proper heatsink, as the boards do not come with the component.  I cannot find the heatsink, let alone a part number. does Dell sell these to consumers direct? since I cannot do the upgrade without the proper heatsink.  It is not part number M274K...that is for Intel graphics.

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