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I got an old Core2Duo that I would like to make into a keychain. It is however a bit boring with the big metal heat spreader on top. Is there anyway to remove it without damaging the chip aesthetically to make for a more interesting keychain?
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"old" xD .. Haha .. I would be happy if I owned a spare c2d for my Mediacenter .. well .. but I think you would be able to heat it a little and try to get the heatspreader off then?

found this - don't know if its helps ..
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"old" xD .. Haha .. I would be happy if I owned a spare c2d for my Mediacenter .. well .. but I think you would be able to heat it a little and try to get the heatspreader off then?
It's about 5-6 years old. Thats old for PC stuff to me. My media center uses a 1st gen i3.

That video looks like a good solution.
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It's about 5-6 years old. Thats old for PC stuff to me. My media center uses a 1st gen i3.

That video looks like a good solution.
Hehe .. well guess it makes me a "budget nerd" .. Im still educating so not that great a budget for me to use .. hehe .. I hope for donations and such - and from time to time I get some fun parts xD

Let me know how it works out for you though
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I hadn't really discovered this site when I pulled it out of the HP PC it came in. I would have considered donating if I hadn't been tossing it around on my desk for a good six months.
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LOL I was like what is that a video of? then the CPU fell...the camera is sidways
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I hadn't really discovered this site when I pulled it out of the HP PC it came in. I would have considered donating if I hadn't been tossing it around on my desk for a good six months.
Oh well mate .. .. But there is plenty of use for old C2D though .. They can still make a decent Office/daily use PC and such.

But now that you already ruined the PC - get that keychain done, and post some pictures.

I have made a keychain from an old socket 370 Celeron 1GHz myself .. , its kindda geekish - so it's cool xD
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LOL I was like what is that a video of? then the CPU fell...the camera is sidways
So was I ... until it fell
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post #9 of 15
What chip exactly?

Some are soldered on, some have thermal paste between the die and the spreader. The ones with paste you can just cut the spreader off with a razor blade....just be cautious.
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post #10 of 15
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Ok so it was the paste kind. I warmed it a little with the heat gun and then pried of the hat with a razor blade. It got a little to warm though and there is a bit of blister on the core. The heat gun is clearly more powerful than I thought. It is good enough to hang on my parts wall at least.
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