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Problem removing the screws on a GTX 480

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August 16, 2011 9:58:51 AM

I simply cannot remove the screws on my gtx480. Out the 15 or so screws I am able to remove 2 of them. I have the current fit screwdriver ( #0 philips head), but I cant remove the rest of the screws no matter how hard I try. The other issue is that I dont want to keep trying for fear of stripping the screws. I was thinking of just drilling them out but I'm a bit scared putting a black and decker on a $300+ card.

I was thinking of buying this mini powered drill at a local store.
http://www.amazon.com/General-Tools-500-Precision-Screw...

Any other ideas would be great. Thanks in advance aswell!!

a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 10:07:08 AM

I've seen many people complain of the screws on this card. Anyway, I cannot answer this directly, but I found a video demonstrating the removal of the fan on a GTX 480:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQPD4k_kB50
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August 16, 2011 10:18:03 AM

AbdullahG said:
I've seen many people complain of the screws on this card. Anyway, I cannot answer this directly, but I found a video demonstrating the removal of the fan on a GTX 480:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQPD4k_kB50


Believe me i've watched that. I have no idea how he removed the screws so easily. The weird thing is, 2 of the screws i removed with such ease, but the rest... not so easy.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 10:23:12 AM

Well in that case, that mini-drill is the best option ATM. It can come in handy in more than one case anyway (just don't put it in your nostril or ear if it looks tempting; it won't turn out well).
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August 16, 2011 10:39:44 AM

If I do buy the screwdriver, do you think it will have enough torque to remove something I cant do by hand?
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 10:55:10 AM

At a 100RPM, it will do more than your hand can do with a standard screw driver.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 1:34:10 PM

Are these wood screws?

Sorry I couldn't resist.
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August 19, 2011 6:50:59 PM

So here's a bit of an update. I ordered the screw driver (Only 1) and I received 5 screwdrivers for the price of one :o . Unfortunatley I was still unable to remove all of the screws and by this point most of them were stripped. So i bought a stripped screw remover kit and had to drill about 7 screws out, but I finally installed the fan and damn is it good! Only lowest fan speed my gtx 480 idles at 39 and loads at 65!!! All I need to do now is overclock this puppy.
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August 19, 2011 6:51:18 PM

Best answer selected by impaledmango.
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