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So I'm putting together a computer with some old parts I have lying around. I was taking a processor out of broken system, but the thermal compound was so strong that I couldn't get the heat sink removed, and it ended up coming out all in one piece. So I have a processor stuck to the bottom of a heat sink and its like cement, any ideas on how to get it unattached?

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post #2 of 12
Twist the heatsink hard whilst slightly pulling. Once removed, use alcohol rub to clear the old TIM.
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post #3 of 12
a good tip is to run prime or somthing that getts a CPU hot then quickly shutdown and remove cooler while its hot. Old TIM will dry out making it difficult to remove the CPU.
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post #4 of 12
I've done the exact same thing before. I got it loose by warming the TIM up a bit (hair dryer) and then twisting to get them apart.
     
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post #5 of 12
Indeed, get it hot and it will remove significantly easier.
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post #6 of 12
Just push it to the edge of the heatsink.
 
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post #7 of 12
You can drip some alcohol on the gab and it will seep in softening the TIM, but I agree with the heat it up method.
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post #8 of 12
It is just normal TIM, not some thermal epoxy, right? Might need a solvent...
post #9 of 12
It could also be some form of metal thermal adhesive. i know some OEMs use to use that. same as others though, should be able to twist the cpu against the heatsink, if not you could also try a wide Flathead screwdriver (i emphasize WIDE because if its too skinny it could damage the proc) and pry it off. beware though do it over a table/counter-top with say a towel under it, as it will fly when it does come off.....
post #10 of 12
As already said, try to get some rubbing alcohol around the edges and warm it up with a hair dryer. Just keep twisting GENTLY until they come apart. Just be patient, very very patient. Don't force it.
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