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stripped screw when trying to attach new cooler =[

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hey everyone,

i got a gigabyte 6870 today and RMA'd my sapphire 6870 since it was getting very hot for my tastes.

while i really like the fans on the gigabyte 6870, i was wondering if it was of standard format like my XFX 6870, so i tried to take off the fan...

well, 3 of them turned quite easily, but one just wouldn't turn. after a couple of minutes, i realized that i had stripped the screw and now there's a small hole where the screwdriver is supposed to be.

the card is still running fine, overclocked a bit and running great, but i wanted to know if there was any way to remove it now or am i stuck with it?
    
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i5 2500k @ 4.5 GHz 24/7 Asrock P67 extreme4 gen3 XFX radeon 6870 1gb HIS radeon 6870 1 GB 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
4 GB G.Skill 3x seagate barracuda 500GB(2 in raid 0, 1 alone) some asus DVD/ CD + R drive Hyper 212+ in push/pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 7 Professional 64 - bit Hanns g 20" 16:9 monitor logitech illuminated keyboard corsair GS 700W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Silverstone FT02B G500 17" by 13" mouse pad Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker ... 
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Superlux HD668B Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones Olympus ME-52W Noise Canceling Microphone  
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If its one of those microscopic screws you might have a hard time getting it out, but I would suggest trying to find an easy-out that will fit it, you could do it with some ez-grip (basically pumice and water in a bottle that helps a screwdriver grip) but with it being on a graphics card you have to press pretty hard to use that and I would be worried about breaking it. Otherwise, if you have no reason to remove the heatsink maybe just leave it alone.
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