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I've read quite a few times about people breaking the plastic push pins that hold down elements like northbridge heat sinks and wanted to share something that has worked well for me.

The first pic is the tool that has worked flawlessly for me. I got it in a pack of small Kobalt tools. The flat edges provide a great surface area for grabbing the pins allowing one to quickly compress the pins and push them back through. Part of the key is to not rest the tool against the motherboard, rather compress about halfway up the height of the pin on the back. This will give you room to push enough to get the pin started. Then simply pull from the other side.

This mod was for a northbridge heat sink replacement with a fan. The plastic pins are still in usable condition.
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Main Workstation
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q8200 EVGA 750i FTW GeForce GTX 260 4GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD 7200 Asus DVD-R, RW Windows 7 x64 19" Samsung SyncMaster 943BWX 
PowerCase
425W Corsair, Thermaltake Power Express for GPU Custom mod'd Chieftec Dragon 
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