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Problems with removal of the stock i5-2400 heatsink/fan

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November 25, 2012 1:01:48 PM

I built my computer about a year ago, and I've finally decided I want to replace my processor fan and heatsink. However, when I attempt to remove the fan pins from the motherboard it seems as if I am pulling too hard. I really don't want to damage the motherboard or processor, but from what I have seen online the stock fan does require some force to remove. If it is only happening to me I think I might not be able to replace the fan, so has anybody else had this problem before?
a b V Motherboard
November 25, 2012 2:40:42 PM

once the pins are undone sometimes the thermal paste has a really good grip

try using a twisting motion to break the suction rather than pulling straight up
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a c 1119 V Motherboard
November 25, 2012 2:44:32 PM

Good practice as well is to turn the machine on before taking it of so you got some heat in the paste. Makes it more manageable.
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