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Remove motherboard heatsinks and heatpipes

Remove motherboard heatsinks and heatpipes

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Published by: Alan D Cobourne-Smith on May 08, 2008
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Remove motherboard heatsinks and heatpipes
Thinking of replacing your stock coolers with superior andquieter models, but scared of damaging your hardware? AntonyLeather shows you how it’s done.What you need:
Set of small precision-type screwdrivers.
Pliers.
Thermal interface material (TIM), such as Arctic Cooling MX-2.
Ceramic-based TIM, such as Arctic Ceramique (available fromwww.watercoolinguk.co.uk).
TIM cleaner, such as ArctiClean (available from www.watercoolinguk.co.uk).
Masking tape.
Remove motherboard heatsinks and heatpipes
Count how many heatsinks there are in the cooling system. Modern motherboards usuallyhave heatsinks on all the major chips and the voltage regulators. The heatpipe system is
 
usually a single component, so you need to make sure that you've released all the sectionsbefore you try to remove it.The heatsinks will probably be held in place by sprung barbs, usually with two barbs holdingeach heatsink. Identify each of these on the back of the motherboard - there may be several,but you need to know which barbs will have to be released.
 
Before you release the barb, you need to mask the surrounding area on the PCB withmasking tape. You'll be using pliers to release the barb, and it's all too easy to let your pliersslip and scratch the motherboard, which could lead to it becoming an expensivepaperweight.Use the pliers to squeeze the barb so that the fins holding it in place are squashed flat. You'llneed to assist the pin through the hole but, depending on the size of the pins, it will either beeasier to push out the pin gently with the pliers, or to pull out the pin from the other side. Thiscan be fiddly, but don't be tempted to use too much force.

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