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Hey,

How in the world do you guys get a GPU heatsink off?

I have an EVGA GTX 580. I've gotten about 10 of the screws off, but for the rest, just about every single screwdriver I have nearly IMMEDIATELY starts the strip the freaking screw. I've even tried placing a small piece of rubber between the screwdriver and the screw.

GRRRRRRRRRRR.

I'm pretty sure these things aren't going to come out. Is it safe to just drill the screw out? I'm going crazy here lol.
    
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post #2 of 22
use a fat screwdriver? more torque prevents stripping...
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post #3 of 22
I found it works well to apply a good bit of downward force when trying to remove the screws in my 570. Also if your Torx bit slims from base to business end try to file it down a bit and that will make it a tad bit wider and get more grip on the screw.
Edited by nagle3092 - 5/13/11 at 9:23am
 
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post #4 of 22
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I want to downward force it into the floor....then I remember it costs $500.

Yeah, I'm gonna give it another go here. Just need to rest up the torque hand.

I think the problem is with the screws which don't have a way to be held in place (I easily removed the ones on the part of the card that sits flat, it's the side screws and the screws on the end (near the fan) which are troublesome.
    
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I want to downward force it into the floor....then I remember it costs $500.

Yeah, I'm gonna give it another go here. Just need to rest up the torque hand.

I think the problem is with the screws which don't have a way to be held in place (I easily removed the ones on the part of the card that sits flat, it's the side screws and the screws on the end (near the fan) which are troublesome.
Dont worry you can give it some force, it has a metal plate on the other side of it so your not going to snap it. Also try filing the bit down, I had to do that before and it worked really well.
 
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I'm glad my 5870's only had 4 screws! They came out fairly easy also.
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post #7 of 22
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Dont worry you can give it some force, it has a metal plate on the other side of it so your not going to snap it. Also try filing the bit down, I had to do that before and it worked really well.
Sorry, what do you mean filing the bit down?

I've used a lot of force. Those darned things aren't budging. I'm seriously thinking about drilling them out, or dremeling it off.
    
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Sorry, what do you mean filing the bit down?

I've used a lot of force. Those darned things aren't budging. I'm seriously thinking about drilling them out, or dremeling it off.
Take the file and rub it across the top of the bit. Or you could try a T7 and see if it fits, if its stripped enough it will work.

 
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post #9 of 22
ANYTHING AFTER THIS IS DO AT YOUR OWN RISK, PROPERLY PROTECT THE BOARD AROUND THE SCREW BEFORE TRYING THESE.

As a last resort bring out the dremel. DO NOT TRY TO SAND THE SCREW DOWN, use a rotary tool (the ones with the spinning wheel on the end) and cut a slice in it so you can use a bigger flat head screw driver.

If that somehow fails, then resort to sanding it down, just take your time, be patient or you may end up with a dead card just like several before you.
Edited by Omega329 - 5/13/11 at 9:50am
    
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post #10 of 22
When I run into that situation, I put a decent amount of force down on the screw as I loosen it, works every time. Thicker screw drivers help a lot as well.
     
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