Removing your Heatspreader

Mounting your Heatsink, Troubleshooting, & Conclusion

Mounting Up

If you've got a retention bracket style heatsink, mount the heatsink in the retention bracket when the retention bracket isn't on the mobo. Install your CPU, and slide the mounting bracket screws into the bracket. Set the heatsink & bracket assembly down on the CPU and screw the bracket down in a back and forth pattern to apply even pressure. If you do not do this, you might put un-even pressure on the CPU core.

This may cause the core to crack. This can kill your CPU, so make sure you screw down the bracket with the heatsink in it. If you have a bolt-down style heatsink, feel free to mount as you usually do. Don't be afraid to tighten the screws down fairly tight. A loose heatsink can be deadly too. Once you've mounted the heatsink, fire up your rig and be amazed at your temps.


Q: My PC doesn't post after successfully following this guide.
A: It is most likely because your CPU is not getting proper contact. Uninstall your heatsink and make sure there is contact (thermal paste will be spread where the core was.)

Q: My temp's are higher after removing my IHS than before
A: You may not have tightened down your heatsink enough, or your retention bracket isn't flat enough on the bottom. If both are perfect, your socket cam may be taller than your core. The cam is the part that says Socket 939 on it. You may need to sand it down a bit to get proper contact.

Q: Are there any other alternative methods of removing the IHS?
None worth mentioning in my opinion. Some people say to use dental floss but I think this is more dangerous, as your pins could be bent more easily this way.

Q: I broke a capacitor off of the top of my CPU when removing my IHS, is it safe to use the CPU still?
A: In most cases, it will be fine. It might hinder overclocking, or the chip might be dead, but in most cases it seems like the chip survives and act's just as it had before.

Q: I cut into the CPU's PCB, will the CPU be OK?
A: Depending on how deep the cut was, no. You most likely cut small electrical traces inside the PCB. You can still try to fire up the rig with the CPU in it but if it doesn't post, you cut some traces.

Q: I chipped my core attempting to mount my heatsink. Will the CPU be ok?
A: Depending on the size of the chip, it should be just fine.

Q: I bent a few pins when removing the IHS, can I bend these back?
A: Yes, it is best to use a 0.5mm mechanical pencil tip to do so. Be careful and bend them slowly or you might snap one off.

Q: Is removing the IHS ideal when running a watercooled rig?
A: Absolutely, more so than with air cooling.

Q: Is removing the IHS ideal when running a rig cooled with a pelt, or phase change?
No, you're taking a large risk of cracking the core in these cases.


I hope you all enjoyed this guide. Feel free to post in the thread with any questions, etc. On a scale from 1-10, 10 being the hardest, I'd give this gude a 7/10, and I do not reccomend novice users try this.
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Most Recent Comments

02-09-2005, 09:37:24

You can't really blame him - he's just out to make money - not to be popular in the overclocking world.

02-09-2005, 09:45:16

i doubt he's very popular at all, damn im prettier than that. but yea he is a good gamer what do oyu expect with like 8 hours gaming every day.

04-09-2005, 10:02:00

People i know that have seen him at compos say he's like a machine, all the others get drunk, have a laugh etc, whereas he just stays in his room all day gaming.
I wish he would just stop trying to make boards great by sticking LEDs on them lol. Red messes up my blue cathodes. :p
Back OT, how's the project fatty? Got any pics? What compressors you got lined up for this? You using r507 and CO2?
I love ghetto coolers.


04-09-2005, 14:34:13

Bloody christ, anyone not living in Britains weather who spends more than 8 hours a day inside needs to be shot, there is more to life than computers!(don't kill me!)

That and he'll be buggered if anything happens to his hands, I give it about a month before we read he has insured his hands for a million on The Inquirer!

04-09-2005, 14:38:21

Agreed...if I felt obliged to spend that long at the computer to stay on top of my game, I`d get very bored, very quick

On Topic...Fattys away for a bit, so detailed info on his cascade will have to wait :)

04-09-2005, 14:49:16


That and he'll be buggered if anything happens to his hands, I give it about a month before we read he has insured his hands for a million on The Inquirer!

MM's got a pair of pliers and a hammer, now where does he live, America? pfft screw that.

30-09-2005, 21:14:59

Good luck with the cascade. Why dont you guys write to him and explain how to make a propper OC'ing system and remind him barbie was always more popular :P

01-10-2005, 03:13:20

Back on topic small hiccup with my cascade while I was away the units containing my 1hp compressors got removed from sight so now I need some new ones I have my fridge mates keeping an eye out for me so soon I hope

off topic the wendy board is pretty poo I need to re install my new dfi

01-10-2005, 05:34:26

Go Green mate....Epox is the way ;)

01-10-2005, 10:34:36

what did i tell you fatty mate? your choice is simple hardcore dfi or a mean green overclocking machine epox.

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