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How to remove fan from CPU with cold thermal grease?


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#1 stebbinsd

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:50 AM

EDIT: Nevermind. I figured it out.


Edited by stebbinsd, 19 April 2017 - 12:46 PM.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:50 PM

You are lucky. I have had several instances where attempting to remove an old CPU that is "glued" onto the heatsink resulted in bent/cracked CPU pins.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:59 PM

You are lucky. I have had several instances where attempting to remove an old CPU that is "glued" onto the heatsink resulted in bent/cracked CPU pins.

Take a flat head screwdriver and just it underneath the CPU chip. That thing will come off as easy as a bottlecap! :D


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 06:51 PM

Good suggestion; the only problem is that some of these heatsinks are very wide, especially my liquid cooler unit. No chance of getting anything under it. I even tried a safety razor on a needle nosed vice grip. I just lost an AMD quad; I finally got it to loosen but bent pins in the process. :(


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:39 PM

The bottom of the heat sink SHOULD be flat, shouldn't it?

 

I'm talking about sticking a screwdriver under one of these edges to pry it off:

 

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Edited by stebbinsd, 20 April 2017 - 07:39 PM.

My current build:

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
Processor: AMD FX-8350
RAM: 12GB (2x2GB+8GB)
Video Card: Geforce GTX 750ti

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:41 AM

Since the handle of the screwdriver is wider than the shank, I could not find one that allowed me to insert the screwdriver blade on a perfectly horizontal (level) plane; the handle contacted the board and if was always on an angle. Maybe if I took the entire mainboard out of the unit and set it on the edge of my workbench so the handle will not contact the mainboard. I will have to try it next time I do this (which probably won't be long).

Thanks for the suggestion.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:06 AM

Maybe you just need a different heatsink. My fan looks like this, so my screwdriver handle doesn't even touch the fan at all.

 

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RAM: 12GB (2x2GB+8GB)
Video Card: Geforce GTX 750ti

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:16 AM

There wasn't enough room in the case for my screwdriver, I had to use a stubby and all mine the handle would hit the board first and prevent a perfect, horizontal access of the shank. Remember, I am running a water cooled unit with the pump, so it is a larger unit than a standard air fan heatsink.


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#9 stebbinsd

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:17 AM

Oh, it's still in the case! I see! That complicates things.


My current build:

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
Processor: AMD FX-8350
RAM: 12GB (2x2GB+8GB)
Video Card: Geforce GTX 750ti

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate





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