Originally Posted by ZeVo
I cannot remove the middle fan. How do you get the fan clips out? I feel like I'm applying too much pressure and I don't want anything to break. Sorry for the noob question.
AH fun isnit!...some things i have tried:
A nice pair of Pro's kit needle nose pliers
or similar small sprung or long needle nose you can pick up a a electronics shop will help to get into real tight spaces like in between fans or GPU's. I always disconnect power to the PC and disengage the GPU clip first. Then the top clip is easier to pull past the detent since it is under less of load. The more you work the clips the easier it may get to remove/install them.
When I get impatient I jamb my finger in and up to force it off well supporting the cooler with my other hand. The tower has a fare amount of flex in it, and I have yet to hurt the tower or the board, but I am sure there is always a breaking point. This approach works well once you get the hang of it but I have a few scraped knuckles and a few bent fin edges from early days of getting pissed taking them off.
Worse case is I have actually removed the board/installed the board with the hole unit installed, by doing that though I am unable to secure the top middle motherboard PCB mounting screwEdited by ryan w - 12/10/12 at 11:54am