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Ok, heres my Q. I have the board pictured below. I want to bend the fins out on the NB to kind of 'fan' them out. Just for aesthetics really. If anyone has been watching my current build I modded some fins on my naked PSU and bent them out for aesthetics. I want to do the same for the NB heatsink but Im thinking it could warp the bottom and cause a bad seat. Anyone have an opinion?

I was planning on only bending the outside 2nd or 3rd rows with a pair of needle-nosed pliers and alot of caution. But like I said, do you think it would warp the sink and cause a bad seat? Should I try on an old NB sink first?

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post #2 of 18
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Ok, heres my Q. I have the board pictured below. I want to bend the fins out on the NB to kind of 'fan' them out. Just for aesthetics really. If anyone has been watching my current build I modded some fins on my naked PSU and bent them out for aesthetics. I want to do the same for the NB heatsink but Im thinking it could warp the bottom and cause a bad seat. Anyone have an opinion?

I was planning on only bending the outside 2nd or 3rd rows with a pair of needle-nosed pliers and alot of caution. But like I said, do you think it would warp the sink and cause a bad seat? Should I try on an old NB sink first?
It would probably warp the bottom and I wouldn't try it.

What picture?
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post #3 of 18
I dont think the outside row or 2 would be harmful but I would worry about bending the base, like you siad. If it were me I would start with the outside row and go from there. I assume you have the judgment to know whats too much force. Im sure it would be fine
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post #4 of 18
You could also bend them just a little way up from the bottom, which would prevent you from damaging the base, while still fanning them out. (I assume this is possible, since there's no pic )
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post #5 of 18
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Guys, Im so sorry a/b the pic. Forgot to post it *doh* Im having horrible allergies this weekend so forgive me here,lol. I added the pic.

tehpwnerofn00bs- I was thinking that as well, that as long as I could grasp them a/b 2/3 up and use the pliers to bend them out (as in not using the base as a stabler to bend them, but the pliers in the middle or so) would be ok.
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I screwed a 40mm fan directly into the heatsink on a similar board, and no issues at all. As long as the fin thickness is less than that of the thickness of the heatsink base, you should be just fine.
    
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Yeah, that looks like it should work fine. I would say even just a 1/3 up from the bottom or so, to be safe, would work well.
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Any other thoughts/opinions before I try this? lol
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You probably already thought of this since you're doing this mod...but...

get two pairs of needle-nosed pliers and use one as a fulcrum and the other to bend so that you minimize bending the base.
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You probably already thought of this since you're doing this mod...but...

get two pairs of needle-nosed pliers and use one as a fulcrum and the other to bend so that you minimize bending the base.
Thats my plan, glad someone agrees with my logic here though.

Im sure this will be easier with the NB cooler off the board, so how do I take it off? Do the little push locks pull out and the cooler pops off? And would I need to re-apply some thermal paste if I remove the NB cooler?
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