Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the northbridge chip is mainly used by the motherboard only when restarting your PC
The chipset is used all the time. It handles all communications between the CPU and the rest of your devices like video card, harddrives, pci slots, sata etc.
When you switch it on, does it do anything at all ? fans spinning ?
If it does absolutely nothing try with a replacement PSU first.
Also, try to get a fan installed on that chipset! Active cooling is many times more efficient then passive cooling.