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Anyone damage a CPU when removing cooler/AS5?

post #1 of 8
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I have to remove my CPU cooler from my rig so I can put it in a new rig I'm starting on. Its on with AS5 and its really really tight. I've done this before and it worked out ok but I always get a little worried when I do this. I'm afraid when I try to separate my cooler from my CPU, it might rip off a piece of the CPU with it. Is that even possible? Or is there nothing to worry about?
post #2 of 8
It's just a paste, it's not going to bond the two like super glue. You're fine, just don't scratch the surface of the cpu when pulling it off.
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post #3 of 8
You may bend pins if you are not careful. Remove it while warm, with gentle twisting to loosen the AS5.
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post #4 of 8
I've had it happen, bent a pin on my Opty 165. Luckily I was able to bend it back with pliers...

But I think it's best to be as careful as possible...try twisting it off instead of pulling/yanking it off. I do that now with every CPU/HSF just in case.
post #5 of 8
Don't just rip it off. Twist it back and forth until the AS5 loosens up and the heatsink comes loose and you'll be fine.

And, no, I've never heard of anyone ripping off a piece of there CPU by removing a heatsink that is stuck on.
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The above is good advice, I started using a hair dryer to warm up the heat sink, it helps allot, & then just twist genltly back & forth while lifting up & it should go ok. Just a note after warming with the hair dryer, touch the case before touching the heat sink, I have never had a problem in the past but when moving air like that its advisable to make sure you don't get a static charge where you don't want it.
    
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awesome thanks. I'll be as careful as possible.
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Do report back. We'd like to know how it goes for you (good luck).
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