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I was removing the stock GTX 470 unisink to install a Swiftech unisink. So, I was able to remove all but five screws. These five screws are unfortunately stripped. I've tried many methods, from using rubber bands to super gluing the screwdriver into the screw hole. I've also tried looking for a GrabIt at Home Depot, but alas, the smallest version they had was still too big. So my last resort was to use a drill to drill onto the screw head in hopes of having the screw head pop off.

The bit I am using 7/32". I was hoping you guys could provide some insight. I've went ahead and started drilling one of the screws and I don't know if I'm making any good progress. For example, I think I scraped the drill bit by accident onto the PCB...not really sure if I damaged any components. From the looks of it, all of the projecting parts, like the transistors, out of the PCB look fine. I'm scared of slipping onto the tracers.

I included a photo so you guys could see. Should I step up the drill bit? It looks like it's just making a smaller hole inside the screw head.

9cegc.jpg

Precision screwdriver set that I recommend: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100074336/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Note: Even a precision screwdriver set is capable of stripping your screws, so apply downwards pressure to avoid slipping.
Edited by dM@n - 1/23/11 at 2:17pm
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one of these threads come up every month biggrin.gif
basically, same thing happend to me, and i tried everything just like you, then i eventually got a dremel (immitatino dremel actually) and cut a slit along the top of the screw, then you can simply unscrew it with any flat screwdriver
here is a video of it
sort of
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W3Lf092ibA[/ame]
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I would just drill the screw head away with a drill bit. Then you can separate the graphics card from the stock heatsink because the screw head is gone. There should be enough of the screw left on the other side so you can use pliers to twist it off the heatsink.

There are two extra screws on the PCI bracket that you need to take off. You have to take off the DVI nuts too iirc. Be careful not to break any thermal pads as you are taking off the heatsink assembly.
Edited by Riou - 12/26/10 at 12:07pm
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Riou...am I doing it right, or is my drillhead too small? Also, do you think I damaged any key components?

Edit: got the pictured screw out. Doing the second screw now.

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Edited by dM@n - 12/26/10 at 12:35pm
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Originally Posted by dM@n;11782400 
Riou...am I doing it right, or is my drillhead too small? Also, do you think I damaged any key components?
To remove the head, it looks like you need to use a slowly increment a slightly larger drill bit until the head falls off. Drill slowly and carefully. Be careful not to strip the threads so don't rush things.

Once the screw head falls off, you might want to add a little bit of WD40 to the rest of the screw tail. WD40 eats out the Loctite on the screw, which makes it easier to remove with pliers.
Edited by Riou - 12/26/10 at 12:51pm
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Another technique that works requires a Dremel (or rotary tool) and a cut-off disk attachment.

The head of the screw can be re-notched (considering there is enough surface area remaining), and then removed with a flat-head screwdriver.

This process needs to be done with care and a very steady hand.
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I would use the dremel method but unfortunately I don't have a dremel tool.

Edit: Picture of the pictured screw's head removed:

i8RAl.jpg
Edited by dM@n - 12/26/10 at 12:42pm
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Originally Posted by Syrillian;11782644 
Another technique that works requires a Dremel (or rotary tool) and a cut-off disk attachment.

The head of the screw can be re-notched (considering there is enough surface area remaining), and then removed with a flat-head screwdriver.

This process needs to be done with care and a very steady hand.
Yes, Syrillian's and Antipesto's method is a good way if you have a rotary tool.

I tried the rotary method, but I think my screw was improperly screwed in at the factory. I had to resort to the messier method. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by dM@n;11782676 
I would use the dremel method but unfortunately I don't have a dremel tool.

Edit: Picture of the pictured screw's head removed:

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It looks like you were successful?
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