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Hi and hope you are all well,

Right my system is running rather nicely, well pleased with it runs all games with no slowdown on full settings (except F.E.A.R and Battlefield 2 ) and as mentioned, I have come across Battlefield 2. Now, the game is a bit half and half for me but I think one of the major reasons why I ain't warming to it is because of the jerkiness and the complete resource whore that it is.

I have 1GB of ram and I have been recommended to use 2GB of ram to run this game at optimum. Now, heres the implecation.

I have a big ass xp90c and it was a git to fit. Due to its sheer bulk I can only manage 2 sticks of RAM (I could maybe upgrade to 2 x 1gb sticks but I'm not sure) and my board is AGP so I guess if it's off I might aswell treat myself to a pci-e board and maybe one of those new ATi cards...

Thing is, I have a reallllly bad feeling that if I try to remove the heatsink it is going to rip a couple of rows of pins out of my cpu and I really cant afford it to happen. I also, don't really want to sell the full pc as most of the components are new and in good condition and I would lose out on money in the long run.

Anybody know a sure fire way of getting this bad ass heatsink off and not ripping my cpu out? Using AS5 btw.

Ta
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Take the motherboard out, unscrew the titan heatsink unconnect all the wires etc. Slowly twist it - this should be a pretty easy way of getting it off since AS5 really doesn't set.
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another good way to loosen it up is to run your PC under some load for a while to raise the temps. this should help the AS5 not stick as much. (i know this works for normal thermal paste, so i'm just assuming that it will do the same for AS5, but i'm not completely sure, )
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yea, as5 doesn't really set, but ceramique actually sets, and can be a pain to get off. just warm it up, and then twist gently back and forth, it should pop right off.
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Ok... first of all you can't really twist the xp90 when installed properly. What you have to do is apply firm pressure to the heatsink, (not enough to bend the board, but close) and then slowly undo the clips. If you have installed the cpu a while you can run your comp for a while to heat it up like everyone sugggested. Follow these steps and you will be fine. I have removed my heatsink a few times. Oh and btw it helps if you have 2 ppl, one to hold the hsf and one to undo the clips.
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Originally Posted by Thorpoo
Ok... first of all you can't really twist the xp90 when installed properly. What you have to do is apply firm pressure to the heatsink, (not enough to bend the board, but close) and then slowly undo the clips. If you have installed the cpu a while you can run your comp for a while to heat it up like everyone sugggested. Follow these steps and you will be fine. I have removed my heatsink a few times. Oh and btw it helps if you have 2 ppl, one to hold the hsf and one to undo the clips.
yea, sorry, i thought that was implied, 2 people deffinately helps alot.
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Ok... first of all you can't really twist the xp90 when installed properly. What you have to do is apply firm pressure to the heatsink, (not enough to bend the board, but close) and then slowly undo the clips. If you have installed the cpu a while you can run your comp for a while to heat it up like everyone sugggested. Follow these steps and you will be fine. I have removed my heatsink a few times. Oh and btw it helps if you have 2 ppl, one to hold the hsf and one to undo the clips.
This is the problem I was expecting. I remember last time I took these clips out it ripped the cpu out the die without lifting the retaining arm. Bent the first 2 rows slightly. Hopefully, if I od take it off I wont get any bent pins. Did a price check on the stuff I want... £800

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