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    Replacing heatsink locking pins?

    as title says, my heatsink has been in & out of my PC so much the last few days 3 of the 3 lockign pins are buggered.

    I have a new CPU that came with my Core 2 duo E550 (ish) but when I mount that on the CPU (Q6600) the PC wont boot, or will boot and shut down soon after...from what i can gather is is the CPU over heating due to the naff heatsink.


    As a result I was hoping to swop the locking pins over from the new crappy heatsink to the old beefy one. I cant find any way of doing this, nor does google?


    Can anyone suggest anything? Cheers guys

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    Re: Replacing heatsink locking pins?

    If you dont find an answer to this i have a brand new geniune intel cooler thats never been used that i could sell you cheap, it came with my E6600 but i instantly put an aftermarket cooler on ages ago.

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    Re: Replacing heatsink locking pins?

    Yes you can take the intel push pins off, there's a little tab you need to bend up on the black top half that will let you lift it off the white bottom half, then you just slip the bottom half out.

    If it's just a stock cooler, you can pick up a replacement cooler very cheap, if this isn't a stock cooler then depending on cooler you should be able to use a back plate kit instead of the push pins.
    A socket 775 backplate kit is dirt cheap http://www.scan.co.uk/products/xigma...sbow-ack-i7753 And does come with spring screws http://www.imagebam.com/image/e2119443770466/ (not my image)

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    Re: Replacing heatsink locking pins?

    I have managed to take a couple of the pins off it, but it is nigh on impossible to do without snapping the buggers. Having taken two of them off I am struggling to get the base plate off, as it just flat out doesn't seem to fit. Stupid design, I have always hated these locking pins!

    I have the Arctic Freezer heatsink, looking like this:


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    Re: Replacing heatsink locking pins?

    Well that's why I suggested a back plate.

    You fit the back plate, then remove the push pins, you leave the cross sections in place.
    Then you attach the cooler with spring screws where the push pins would be.

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