Originally Posted by Bman212121
When is it smoking hot? 5 Minutes after you start the pc or after an hour of gaming / benchmarking? Without a fan I'm sure that little guy is going to get hot, but it may also make a difference what type of CPU cooler and airflow you have in the case.
You are correct, it is the northbridge.
15 Minutes after I turn it on it's very hot without playing any games. There is no fan on it or in the case, I am getting two fans Sunday, one to push & one to pull air out of the case. I do have the side of the case open to let more air circulation.
I have a stock CPU cooler with my E6300.
Here is a photo of my computer they way it is setup right now