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April 4, 2013 2:31:53 AM

Hey everyone, today i come to you with a problem all input is welcome

I recently built my first system and all went well and i'm typing to you today from it, however due to random freezes i'v been getting which i have narrowed down to the cpu being the culprit i have bought a new fx-6300 amd cpu and coolermasters 212 evo cooler.

My problem is when i installed my current cpu/heatsink the heatsink (the Ice wind pro, which i regret fully to this day) took ALOT of pressure to get the clips into place on the mobo retention slots and i mean ALOT of force (I feel like i may have got the bad egg of coolers). I cannot remove it as the clips don't have enough give to come off. I'v put alot of pressure on to try remove them but it's not having any of it.

So leads to my question, what exactly should i do, i tryed to unscrew the retention bracket on the mobo but the bolts are extremely tight and i don't want to risk damage. I could cut the heatsinks clips to remove it from the mobos retention bracket but i'd be sacrificing a new heatsink.

Could really use some help, fustrated and tired of things going wrong, thank you.

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3
Cpu cooler: Deep Cool Ice wind pro
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April 4, 2013 3:08:13 AM

hashslingingslasher said:
Hey everyone, today i come to you with a problem all input is welcome

I recently built my first system and all went well and i'm typing to you today from it, however due to random freezes i'v been getting which i have narrowed down to the cpu being the culprit i have bought a new fx-6300 amd cpu and coolermasters 212 evo cooler.

My problem is when i installed my current cpu/heatsink the heatsink (the Ice wind pro, which i regret fully to this day) took ALOT of pressure to get the clips into place on the mobo retention slots and i mean ALOT of force (I feel like i may have got the bad egg of coolers). I cannot remove it as the clips don't have enough give to come off. I'v put alot of pressure on to try remove them but it's not having any of it.

So leads to my question, what exactly should i do, i tryed to unscrew the retention bracket on the mobo but the bolts are extremely tight and i don't want to risk damage. I could cut the heatsinks clips to remove it from the mobos retention bracket but i'd be sacrificing a new heatsink.

Could really use some help, fustrated and tired of things going wrong, thank you.

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3
Cpu cooler: Deep Cool Ice wind pro


try to heat the heatsink up with a hairdryer and then try to remove it.
if you needed to put pressure on a heatsink to get it on than you should not even think about placing it (tip).
One last thing good luck with it cause i know it is really hard to do that.
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April 4, 2013 5:14:52 PM

jaslion said:
hashslingingslasher said:
Hey everyone, today i come to you with a problem all input is welcome

I recently built my first system and all went well and i'm typing to you today from it, however due to random freezes i'v been getting which i have narrowed down to the cpu being the culprit i have bought a new fx-6300 amd cpu and coolermasters 212 evo cooler.

My problem is when i installed my current cpu/heatsink the heatsink (the Ice wind pro, which i regret fully to this day) took ALOT of pressure to get the clips into place on the mobo retention slots and i mean ALOT of force (I feel like i may have got the bad egg of coolers). I cannot remove it as the clips don't have enough give to come off. I'v put alot of pressure on to try remove them but it's not having any of it.

So leads to my question, what exactly should i do, i tryed to unscrew the retention bracket on the mobo but the bolts are extremely tight and i don't want to risk damage. I could cut the heatsinks clips to remove it from the mobos retention bracket but i'd be sacrificing a new heatsink.

Could really use some help, fustrated and tired of things going wrong, thank you.

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3
Cpu cooler: Deep Cool Ice wind pro


try to heat the heatsink up with a hairdryer and then try to remove it.
if you needed to put pressure on a heatsink to get it on than you should not even think about placing it (tip).
One last thing good luck with it cause i know it is really hard to do that.


Hairdryer sounds like an around bad idea with electronics so i wont be trying that, i put pressure on the mechanism to get the clips on, not the heatsink itself.
Thanks anyway.
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April 5, 2013 3:59:11 AM

Figured it out, just took 2 people, i held the pressure while a friend pushed out the clip, new hardware installed and working fine.
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