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Ok so here is what i did so far. I took an old cooler unit of an MSI GTX 680 i had lying around. And we tried to drill it out with a normal drill. Which worked i managed to get it out by drilling it problem is we tried it on 3 screws and on the third the drill slipped damaging the plastic, so if that were the actual card it would have been over. So what i will do now is i will order the screw removing set and than i will get electric tape or whatever you guys can recommend to at least attempt to protect the PCB from scratches, and if the removing kit doesn't work i will try to drill it out and pray to the lords of moders for my drill to not slip smile.gif.

In your pic looks like there's already a small hole in the center of the screw head - where your Phillips screwdriver was inserted.
1. Use a drill bit that enters in that hole.
2. Use a manual drill, or just roll some duct tape on the upper end of the drill bit and spin the bit with your fingers; alternatively, you can have the drill bit in the unplugged drill and twist by hand. Or buy a 'fast loading' drill bit that has a hexagonal mount that you can turn by hand or with a wrench... whatever it takes to drive the bit by hand.
3. Apply some pressure and take your time to get a comfortable deep hole, then use the drill to drill in deeper - you want a straight hole of about 4 mm. Don't forget to blow the metal scraps so they don't short your board somehow.
4. If the drill bit is spinning safely in the hole, try to reverse the drill spin counterclockwise... you might get lucky and pull that screw out if it's not too hot.
5. Get a screw or a steel nail slightly larger than the hole and either file or hammer its tip into a square or triangular pyramid with a sharp tip angle such that it fits the hole and does not slide out when you twist to unscrew; the side edges of the pyramid must engage the walls of the hole at the top at least.
6. If necessary, kick the nail in the whole with a small hammer to snug it in and unscrew - have a piece of wood under the screw/card when you drill and hammer.
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Ok sorry for resurrecting this after so long but i just had an update on the situation.

First of all i ordered everything anyone in this thread said.

JB weld = completely and utterly useless for this purpose. ( less than useless)

Screwextractor = also completely and utterly useless.

TO the point we used an electric drill a massive massive one. To it we attached drills for iron and started from the tiniest to one almost as big as the screw. By the time we got to it the top of the screw just fell off. We didn't NICK the card. Card is perfectly good doesn't look worse for the wear except that now it has a little area around the screw that's covered in dust, so i am thinking of getting some rubbing alcohol to clean it. I had the card unprotected during the drilling because we could not see the actual screw. (thank god for steady hands and being able to work under pressure) But for about 45 min of drilling we got it out and it looks perfectly drill did not slip so i reckon it should work. I won't be able to test until i actually install the watercooling.

Thanks to everyone who offered a suggestion about this thread as always love you guys @ overclock.net.

Also in case anyone is wondering. Welding something to the screw was agonizing failiure. The closest thing i managed to get was JB weld. The problem it had was that it didn't have enough surface to actually catch on. I tested JB weld on some other stuff and man that thing is made of kryptonite .

I shall now proceed to melt every T6 screw i manage to find. Thank you all for the help

Yours truly Shallowmist
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Ok sorry for resurrecting this after so long but i just had an update on the situation.

First of all i ordered everything anyone in this thread said.

JB weld = completely and utterly useless for this purpose. ( less than useless)

Screwextractor = also completely and utterly useless.

TO the point we used an electric drill a massive massive one. To it we attached drills for iron and started from the tiniest to one almost as big as the screw. By the time we got to it the top of the screw just fell off. We didn't NICK the card. Card is perfectly good doesn't look worse for the wear except that now it has a little area around the screw that's covered in dust, so i am thinking of getting some rubbing alcohol to clean it. I had the card unprotected during the drilling because we could not see the actual screw. (thank god for steady hands and being able to work under pressure) But for about 45 min of drilling we got it out and it looks perfectly drill did not slip so i reckon it should work. I won't be able to test until i actually install the watercooling.

Thanks to everyone who offered a suggestion about this thread as always love you guys @ overclock.net.

Also in case anyone is wondering. Welding something to the screw was agonizing failiure. The closest thing i managed to get was JB weld. The problem it had was that it didn't have enough surface to actually catch on. I tested JB weld on some other stuff and man that thing is made of kryptonite .

I shall now proceed to melt every T6 screw i manage to find. Thank you all for the help

Yours truly Shallowmist

It sucks the JB Weld didn't solve the issue, but I'm glad you got it out!

Yeah if JB Weld has enough of a surface to grip on to, it's borderline unbreakable. You could hold an engine block together with that stuff.
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Indeed it does seem very strong, but in this situation it had zero surface. More to the point you should have seen me drilling the GTX 680 without any protection on it, like a real man without shaking hands xD.
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Good you got it out!
Next time remember that there are stationary drilling machines in any shop. If the card is fast attached to the machine table (careful withe the PCB!) the drill bit will not deviate from center screw.
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