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Im trying to install a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ on my new motherboard, however im having trouble removing the motherboards stock heatsink bracket. On my old motherboard it was attached with screws so I just unscrewed them to remove it, however here it is attached with plastic clips. I tried using pliers on them but they just slide right off.
    
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Im trying to install a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ on my new motherboard, however im having trouble removing the motherboards stock heatsink bracket. On my old motherboard it was attached with screws so I just unscrewed them to remove it, however here it is attached with plastic clips. I tried using pliers on them but they just slide right off.

Can you try to use pliers and squeeze them together at the backside?

Also, what motherboard do you got?
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I would highly recommend you do NOT remove your vrm heatsinks. You can't just turn the 212+ 90 degrees to get it to fit? If you must remove the heatsinks, use the smallest pair of needle nose pliers you can find, preferably ones with grated texture teeth for grip. Squeeze the plastic push pins together, then glently push on them and they'll pop out. Best of luck.
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Can you try to use pliers and squeeze them together at the backside?
Also, what motherboard do you got?

Its an ASRock 960GM-GS3 FX:

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I did try pliers but because they are plastic they just slipped right off, im really worried about sliding off and damaging the mobo.
    
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you need to use pliers, to squeeze them together and pop them out.
I like to use needle nose.
But you may find normal pliers work better thumb.gif
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I would highly recommend you do NOT remove your vrm heatsinks. You can't just turn the 212+ 90 degrees to get it to fit? If you must remove the heatsinks, use the smallest pair of needle nose pliers you can find, preferably ones with grated texture teeth for grip. Squeeze the plastic push pins together, then glently push on them and they'll pop out. Best of luck.

I think you misunderstand, its the actual CPU heatsink bracket I cant remove.
    
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Ok panic over, I did it, I pressed the pliers as close to the body of the mobo as I could and pushed together and they popped off, thanks guys smile.gif
    
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