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After my first attempt to mount my Skylake 6700k to my Gigabyte Gaming 7 motherboard went badly (bent pins on the motherboard - not sure if it was my fault or not), I'm taking what I have done to my local PC shop for them to mount the CPU and the cooler, since I'm now afraid to risk damaging a second motherboard. I just don't want to take the chance. I bought a new Gaming 7 motherboard and I'm still hoping Newegg will honor the RMA for the old one (unlikely).

So all the PC shop is doing is mounting the CPU and the cooler - I'm handling the rest of the build myself. The cooler is the Noctua NH-D15. I have been reading a lot about the thinner Skylake chips, and how heavy coolers can possibly stress or bend the Skylake chips during transportation. The Noctua NH-D15 is supposed to be safe for the Skylake chips, but it seems many of the manufacturers are recommending removing the cooler before transporting the case to avoid damage to the chip. This has me worried about dropping the case off to my local PC shop because I will need to pick it up and drive home across town with the cooler installed, and my local roads are pretty bad - you can't travel a mile without hitting a nasty pothole.

Should I be concerned? What would be the best way to transport the case while driving to protect the CPU from damage - horizontal or vertical? Would it make sense to put the case back in it's box (It's a Coolermaster Stryker case) and lie it flat down horizontally, or would that actually put more stress on the CPU? It might have to go in the trunk which makes me even more nervous, which is why I thought the box packaging might provide a bit of extra cushioning. What do you think?
Edited by miles17 - 6/17/16 at 7:15am
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I would just ask the shop how it should be transported and do exactly as they say.
If you do that and it doesn't work when you get home, you can just take it back.

But anyway, if you transport it motherboard side down, the pressure from the CPU cooler will be evenly applied across the CPU and motherboard and there will likely be no problems. I've been transporting cases with huge coolers like this for years and it's never been a problem.

You can also take the fans off while transporting for added security, they weigh a fair bit as well.

If you transport it upright you'll not only apply pressure unevenly across the CPU / MB but you'll also have increased pressure because the mechanical advantage of the cooler increases the force of gravity acting on the CPU / MB. It's like using a wrench with a really long handle to loosen tough bolts easier, except this time the mechanical advantage is not favorable to your problem.
Edited by jcberg - 6/17/16 at 7:23am
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Yeah, it seems to me horizontal is the way to go. Good idea about removing the fan before loading it into the car. I'm just giving them the one fan for mounting and testing - I plan on putting the 2nd fan in myself when I get home. In fact I'll ask if they will remove the fan when they are finished for transporting. Better they do it on their table than me trying to do it in the trunk of the car.

Do you think putting it in the box before laying it down horiziantaly will help with shock absorption? The Stryker case isn't packed the best but it still has some styrofoam that should help. Or could the styrofoam create static and cause an issue with the internal components? I imagine it should be safe - Dell and other PC companies pack their PCs in styrofoam don't they? Or maybe not?

Should I put the Styryker case plastic bag over it to prevent scuffing or will the bag create more static issues?
Edited by miles17 - 6/17/16 at 7:32am
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Honestly, it's not a problem unless you do some stupid things like throw it around.

PCGamesHardware guys did a video test of the problem in a running computer system. First the banged it on the bench, dropped it on the bench and had no issues. They then boxed it up the running system in the case box and dropped the box from waist height, and ended up holding the box overhead and dropping it. All this time the system was running and you can see it is working all the way through the test. Well, at one point the power lead was pulled out of their monitor, and yes, when they unboxed it and dissasembled the system there was indeed lots of damage, but not just to the CPU and socket!
http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Skylake-Codename-259478/Specials/Skylake-Gefaehrdung-durch-Kuehler-1180505/
post #5 of 45
I hate to point out the obvious.....but the D15 is removed with two easily accessible screws. Two screws. Easily accessible.
post #6 of 45
I'm with Doyll & jcberg on this one. Just lay it on its side & don't worry too much about it. If you're really worried, drive slower than usual. If you're worried about static but still want to cushion it, throw a few blankets in your trunk. Besides, it's not like Noctua uses a rigid mount. The hold down has springs which will help absorb shock loads instead of forcing the motherboard to flex.
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post #7 of 45
If you lay it flat it should be a nonissue.

If you're afraid and don't want to take the cooler off put some thing in the case that will absorb impact that isn't electrically conductive.

I believe cyberpower uses instapak http://www.uline.com/BL_7701/Instapak-Quick
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Sorry, but I am sticking with taking 30 seconds to loosen two screws and take it off. While it will be absolutely fine laying it on it's back, the OP has a lot of concern. To me, it is concern that is worth 30 seconds with a screwdriver in hand.
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Sorry, but I am sticking with taking 30 seconds to loosen two screws and take it off. While it will be absolutely fine laying it on it's back, the OP has a lot of concern. To me, it is concern that is worth 30 seconds with a screwdriver in hand.
So he can put the cooler back on without cleaning and replacing TIM? Or worse, with no TIM at all?
Sorry, OP needs to gain enough knowledge and confidence in knowing what they are doing before they build their own system.
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I know perfectly well how to remove the cooler. I've done it multiple times now. The point is somehow through all of this the motherboard ended up with bent pins and the CPU has 2 nicks on the "wings", and because I'm inexperienced with Skylake chips, I wasn't sure if I was possibly over-tightening the cooler, adding to my problems. So I figured since the PC shop is installing the cooler anyways, I should probably just leave it on since they likely know what they are doing.
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