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Hello! Last night I decided to exchange the mobo in my computer since the current one didn't support my 8800GT that has been laying around for too long now. Anyhoo, when I was about to pull the heatsink off the processor (an AMD Athlon 64 X2) I noticed that it was stuck. Hard. I started to wiggle it, and after a few tiresome minutes doing that I decided to pull it out with brute force, thinking the socket lock in the mobo wouldn't let the processor go with the sink. I was wrong.

The heatsing went up and so did the processor, still glued together. I then seperated them with a delicate scalpel I found. When I then tried to place the processor in my new, glorious mobo it would'nt fit. A quick examination showed that three pins were severely bent down. Trying to straighten them up with a mechanical pensin two of them broke totally off while one were successfully straightened and thus saved (I think). See this picture where the red pins are the ones that went flying and the blue one the one I saved: http://pici.se/pictures/XkoijDfah.jpg

With not much hope I assembled the rest of the comp and turned it on, and it bloody worked, even after a few hours of playing Crysis!

The thing is, I'm kind of nervous about using a processor with pins snapped off, it's not very relaxing since just waiting for the thing to just say *boom* and taking the rest of the hardware with it in a mighty explosion. I know some pins are less important than others, were the ones i broke one of those? Should I worry or just be glad that it works?

Thanks you for your time!
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No clue what those do, but you should be out buying a lotto ticket with that luck.
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Well first off.. if you have that much issue getting them seperated your using to much paste or the wrong kind. You should load your CPU for about 5 minutes before trying to remove a heatsink since it will make it come off much easier.. but it still shouldn't be that hard even if you didnt.

I've heard of processors losing pins and still working, but those pins were there for a reason and it might have issues later on.
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Chances are, if it works fine, you broke off grounding pins. The problem with that is that it is now less tolerant to excess voltage or surges. Chances are no problem will arise from this though.
    
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They are important because they there. There wouldnt be extra pins if they wernt needed. THe question is how important were they? Do you still have the pin? Think about soldering?...lol
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Um.... don't ever use that much force to take a processor off again. That's just an accident waiting to happen, which it most certainly did.

Anyways, you probably broke off grounding pins. Just out of curiosity, where were the pins? on the corners? in the middle?
    
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Most of the pins on the CPU are for ground, and I myself have been running a 3800X2 with 5 broken pins for at least 4 months, with no ill effects
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
You should load your CPU for about 5 minutes before trying to remove a heatsink since it will make it come off much easier..
Yeah, I've thought that to myself afterwards too, but in the midst of it I was too annoyed to think clearly... I use Arctic Silver thermal paste and not very much of it, around a three square mm to be exact. Dunno why it was so friggin glued together.
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It will work till it don't. Next time try twisting the HS before lifting, it breaks the suction of the TIM.
  
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Originally Posted by SentryOptic View Post
Just out of curiosity, where were the pins? on the corners? in the middle?
Look at the picture I'm linking to in the OP.

Edit: This pic: http://pici.se/pictures/XkoijDfah.jpg
Edited by jikko - 5/17/08 at 9:43am
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