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    how do I remove the heat sink?

    I have a stupid question how do I remove the heatsink so that I can install a new processor?
    I looked on google but couldn't find anything.

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    right... you couldnt find a guide that tells you to "unclip" a socket-a heatsink... *cough* sticky *cough*

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    Talking Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    Who put the heatsink on for you? If you did, it's simply the reverse. Just be careful your tool (typically a screwdriver) doesn't slip or else you'll be changing your mobo and maybe some memory also.
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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    Ok, so I just use a screwdriver to push the clip up?

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    Quote Originally Posted by yacinator
    Ok, so I just use a screwdriver to push the clip up?
    Well, sort of, you push down and out to remove it from the socket like in this picture:


    Here is another series of pics. Unfortunately, they are for installing, but the process is the same. You push down on the clip where there is a small ledge. Then 'bend' the clip out to allow it to disengage the Ziff socket. Be careful not to tilt the heatsink as the CPU can become cracked on the top and it will be history.




    The trick is to use steady pressure, hold the heatsink down and don't force things. After awhile, you will be a pro!
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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    Also, as shown in the picture remove your RAM first otherwise a slip may ruin it.

    I always use a "coaster" CD to protect my mobo when I'm doing this just in case I get a shakey hand and the screwdriver slips.

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    Quote Originally Posted by scrandman
    Also, as shown in the picture remove your RAM first otherwise a slip may ruin it.

    I always use a "coaster" CD to protect my mobo when I'm doing this just in case I get a shakey hand and the screwdriver slips.
    Me too! If you can slip it ontop of the mobo and underneath the power supply, it's a very good trick.

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    I should mention, I use a pair of locking needle nose pliers if at all possible. I've found it to be by far the safest.
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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    It's scary when your screwdriver isn't tapered enough. You can feel it trying to pop out of the clip and stab your motherboard. If you have a perfectly sized screwdriver it's easier and safer. I found a $2 screwdriver at Ace Hardware that's the perfect size and shape and it even has little horizontal ridges along the tip so it grips better. It never slips.

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    lol ive heard some stories of ppl killing there mobo with a screwdriver, didnt know it would mess up the memory too. Ill have to do that coaster cd trick, sound slike it will work well, better safe than sorry

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    Quote Originally Posted by AMDeR4000
    lol ive heard some stories of ppl killing there mobo with a screwdriver, didnt know it would mess up the memory too. Ill have to do that coaster cd trick, sound slike it will work well, better safe than sorry
    Fortunately I've never had the "pleasure" of seeing if the CD trick actually works, but it just feels so much safer with something between the screwdriver and the mobo

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    Re: how do I remove the heat sink?

    Quote Originally Posted by AMDeR4000
    lol ive heard some stories of ppl killing there mobo with a screwdriver, didnt know it would mess up the memory too. Ill have to do that coaster cd trick, sound slike it will work well, better safe than sorry
    It'll only mess up the memory if the RAM is in "range" of a mis hit screwdriver. Usually, you only have to worry about your motherboard, which is why getting a screwdriver that fits well, and having a bit of protection for your mobo is a good idea.

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