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    I'm trying to salvage some of the components on my old motherboard, and this includes the heatsinks on the NB, SB, and other chips. I'm assuming the heatsinks use some kind of thermal pad/tape since the darn thing won't come off. Can anyone explain how to remove them? Maybe w/ isopropanol?



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    Re: Heatsink removal

    Try isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) 91%. I use a soft cloth or paper towel and Qtips to clean. Make sure there are no screws and or pegs holding the HS in place. Use a gentle rocking motion with a slight twist. :) You shouldn't need to but if you pad some needle-nose pliers that may help.

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    • #3
      Re: Heatsink removal

      yeah, try twisting, like you're unscrewing it... there's thermal paste on there and it forms a bit of a suction when you try to pull it straight up...

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      • #4
        Re: Heatsink removal

        Also if possible run the machine for a little bit to get it warmed up. That will help also to break it free.


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        • #5
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          You do relize your new system will have all of those heatsinks? Im trying to figure out why save them
          that sounds like a good idea trooper.
          -Vulcan

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            Re: Heatsink removal

            Maybe they're fancy Zalman heatsinks or something?
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              Re: Heatsink removal

              Thanks for the replies.

              You do relize your new system will have all of those heatsinks? Im trying to figure out why save them
              I want to cut them up to use on my graphics card memory.



              TacticalGamer TX LAN/BBQ Veteran

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                Re: Heatsink removal

                ah good idea.....i knew you had a reason
                that sounds like a good idea trooper.
                -Vulcan

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                • #9
                  Re: Heatsink removal

                  Originally posted by tau_neutrino View Post
                  Thanks for the replies.



                  I want to cut them up to use on my graphics card memory.

                  ooo good idea!!!

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