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stripped screws Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme

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Hey guys, first time poster here. I have a bit of a problem with my Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme cooler. The top mounting plate that locks my heat sink into place seems to be stuck. I was paranoid about it warping the motherboard so I screwed it in way too tight, and stripped the screws out when trying to remove it. As you can see from the image below it's a very tight squeeze, to the point of where using a pair of pliers isn't viable, there's just not enough room to get the leverage I need to remove them (safely). Currently I have a 4770k overclocked to 4.5ghz, my load temps in most games is around 40-45c it runs very cool, but unfortunately 4th core is much cooler while the rest run hotter, just bad paste application. I want to push this thing a tiny bit further but I need to reapply the TIM. Does anyone have an idea maybe of how I could safely remove these screws w/o damaging everything around it? Thanks for any help in advance, much appreciated.



post #2 of 9
I assume you are referring to the crossbar with a screw on each end of it?

These screws are also 5.5mm nuts. Very short nuts but a good nut driver should unscrew them.

Other option is to remove the screws in backing plat behind motherboard. Than all of the mount on top of motherboard will come out with cooler.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for the suggestion I'm gonna pick one of those tools up and give this a go. Don't see why it shouldn't do the trick, just saved my ass.
post #4 of 9
Not sure why I got locked out that other account, anyhow thanks a lot doyll for the hook up that worked for getting the heat sink off. Got everything running perfect now, good stuff man.
post #5 of 9
Thank for letting me know you got it sorted. thumb.gif

Did you get the crossbar screws out first or did you take off the screws on the back?
post #6 of 9
Nah I didn't have to mess with the screws on the back, the 5.5mm nut driver took the screws right out using this sucker right here http://www.amazon.com/Wera-Kraftform-Professional-Nutdriver-Length/dp/B00365EYM6/ref=sr_1_38?ie=UTF8&qid=1375105650&sr=8-38&keywords=nut+driver+5.5mm smile.gif
post #7 of 9
Try putting a rubber band into the screw and then attempt to loosen witht the rubber inbetween.

Personally I havnt tried it but apparently it works!
post #8 of 9
Didn't think of that smile.gif
post #9 of 9
I recently had to remove some screws from my titans stock heatsink that were stripped, I know that you resolved your problem but for any future problems I just drilled them out a bit then used a screw extractor. in the drilled hole and they came right out.
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