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A few days ago I tried to put new TIM on my gpu, and I got every screw out but one...I tried VERY hard but all I ended up doing was destroying the head on the stripped screw...

So now it got me thinking, how teh bleep am I suppose to watercool my card when I can't even take it apart?!

It's just one screw in the middle of PCB.

I heard the best way was to get a powerdrill and a bit one size bigger and get rid of the head on the screw...but I'm not sure if I have a bit that small.
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by kennyparker1337 View Post
A few days ago I tried to put new TIM on my gpu, and I got every screw out but one...I tried VERY hard but all I ended up doing was destroying the head on the stripped screw...

So now it got me thinking, how teh bleep am I suppose to watercool my card when I can't even take it apart?!

It's just one screw in the middle of PCB.
Try using a little pressure and different size screw heads. Otherwise you may need to look into extraction kits.
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have u tryed with small plyers to losen it a bit? try turn it lol...

BUT BECARFUL D: dnt wanna hit a resistor or somethin
    
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Good pair of pliers and a steady hand to grab the screw and loosen it without damaging the PCB.

Otherwise, there are all sorts of usable screw extractor kits out there.
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You are probably using the wrong type or size screwdriver head....
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post #6 of 18
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I used the right one, b/c no other one worked. I also removed all other 8 or so screws just like it.

Problem is it wouldn't come out with any force, and I just ended up wearing out the head on it...ie. just a mis-shapen hole on the top of the screw instead of a X

I think I'll try the pliers method, but the screws are INSANELY small lol
post #7 of 18
If you've completely stripped it, as in no hope of using any kind of screw driver to remove the screw, i recommend using a small dremal drill bit and drilling the screw out, just enough drilling to where the screw is finger removable without damaging the PCB.
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I used the right one, b/c no other one worked. I also removed all other 8 or so screws just like it.

Problem is it wouldn't come out with any force, and I just ended up wearing out the head on it...ie. just a mis-shapen hole on the top of the screw instead of a X

I think I'll try the pliers method, but the screws are INSANELY small lol
Just because none of your other screwdrivers worked or you were able to remove other screws.... it still does not mean the right screwdriver was used. Screwdrivers differ in head size and angles.


If it is completely stripped.... drill it out carefully! Most extraction tools are for larger screws and won't work.
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i had this happen on my first 5870 i got the screw out using pliers and alot of luck.
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post #10 of 18
so duckie exactly which screwdriver works?

I'm going to be WC'ing my cards very shortly.
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