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12-12-2012 04:17 AM
Artikbot
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Originally Posted by sugarhell View Post

You can get a good soldering iron around 30 euro or less.

Mine was more expensive than that, but even though being 15 years old or more, JBC still makes tips for it, they are absolute top notch quality, and if I were to need any replacement part, JBC would still provide it.

If you solder regularly it's very interesting to invest in a decent iron.
12-12-2012 04:12 AM
sugarhell You can get a good soldering iron around 30 euro or less.
12-12-2012 01:35 AM
Artikbot
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A quick search on the soldering iron seemed to put it around $350+!!!

DAFUQ! WHERE! Boy I'm buying a thousand of them at my local shop and reselling them biggrin.gif

No, mine is around 70€ with a 4mm flat tip. Well not mine, the current model. Mine is around 15 years old or more (Dad gave it to me years ago tongue.gif)

But you could do with a much cheaper soldering iron, as long as it has at least 35W.
12-11-2012 11:08 PM
Belial
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Originally Posted by Belial View Post

What kind of equipment and materials (and cost of said equipment and materials) are you looking at to do such work?

You're going to laugh.

-A regular JBC 50W soldering iron.
-A 1.5mm pitch ballpoint tip for the iron.
-1mm rosin core solder (you'll see 'use lead free solder' everywhere, mine's 60 tin 40 lead and works wonders).
-A steady hand.

I'm not using third hands, nor magnifying glasses, nor any fancy equipment. I've made enough soldering jobs in my life to cover full months of 24/7 soldering though smile.gif

A quick search on the soldering iron seemed to put it around $350+!!!

Expensive? Or bad search?
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Off topic but are you [email protected] by any chance? I was just reading your ZvP guide if you are haha.

I am. I'm currently working on some tech stuff so I haven't been playing or streaming recently. I'll be putting out a few guides/benches on both here and TL though, you can check me hanging in tech support and my blogs for now (on TL).

I do keep all guides up to date though.
12-11-2012 02:06 AM
bazookaworm Off topic but are you [email protected] by any chance? I was just reading your ZvP guide if you are haha.
12-11-2012 01:17 AM
Artikbot
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Originally Posted by Belial View Post

What kind of equipment and materials (and cost of said equipment and materials) are you looking at to do such work?

You're going to laugh.

-A regular JBC 50W soldering iron.
-A 1.5mm pitch ballpoint tip for the iron.
-1mm rosin core solder (you'll see 'use lead free solder' everywhere, mine's 60 tin 40 lead and works wonders).
-A steady hand.

I'm not using third hands, nor magnifying glasses, nor any fancy equipment. I've made enough soldering jobs in my life to cover full months of 24/7 soldering though smile.gif
12-10-2012 04:37 PM
Belial this is the first ive ever heard of anyone doing it. Ive seen a million posts saying to try it, but ive never seen anyone say they do it, and ive looked up every single thread on the internetz about it when i was trying to figure out how to solve the broken pin problem when i first got my phenom -5 pins.
12-10-2012 03:28 PM
sugarhell Its not so difficult to solder pins. I used to solder a lot of my guitar pedals but i am far from being good at soldering:P You need a soldering iron,solder and some practice first tongue.gif
I just find a good site for a newbie biggrin.gif

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12-10-2012 03:17 PM
Belial That's amazing, I stand corrected. I was wrong.

What kind of equipment and materials (and cost of said equipment and materials) are you looking at to do such work?

You could make a fortunate advertising services to replace pins on CPUs and motherboards.

edit: how do i read what people whom gave me rep said?
12-10-2012 01:22 AM
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If I wanted to use another processor later on (on an am3 board? really? am3 is already quite outdated and quaint except for niche uses, ie h264 codec work and overclocking), I'd just turn the motherboard (or entire case if I was lazy) upside down and shake shake shake.

Pardon my stupidity. For some reason my head assumed you actually 'squeezed' it inside tongue.gif Very clever though, didn't think of the possibility of shaking the motherboard upwards biggrin.gif

And soldering a new pin is easily doable. How hard it is, depends on the placement.

If it's on the edges (like most cases), you just apply a tiny bit of flux, use low lead solder and solid copper wire (appropriate gauge, CAT6 Ethernet cable seems to have the right thickness), and solder that guy in place.

Later when I go to the garage I'll pick an old non-working Thunderbird, cut off a pin and solder back on a replacement. After all the old pin is soldered on a copper pad, and even if it is covered in gold, both are the easiest materials to solder on.

Edit: There you go.

The pin I snapped off, before evening it out with a very sharp xacto blade:


Added a bit of solder to the base...


There you go, soldered a piece of ethernet cat6 wire.


Trimmed down to size.


So you see it's not some bullcrap I made up:



Of course the width between pins on a socket A processor is much larger (about 2X) that the one on an AM2 and posterior processor, but the principle is the same. But I didn't feel like cannibalizing my 1055T for testing purposes wink.gif
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