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Best way to remove Epoxy?

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WerewolfX

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Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on the best way to remove a thermal epoxied heat sink from a Geforce 4.

I am getting a Prometia and would like to remove the video card heat sink and use the water cooler in the case to cool the northbridge and the video card.

Thanks
 

XprincoX

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Well basically the freezer trick is the easiest way. Just put the vid card in a paper bag and put it in the freezer for about 15-30mins. Then take a credit card and the hs should pop right off. Just don't let ur mom or someone throw the bag away thinkin its some freezer burn or something... :D

O and after removing the hs let the vid card defrost a lil and let the condensation evaporate before attempting to use it, first hand baaad experience.. :burn:
 
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WerewolfX

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Lol thanks that is a pretty interesting idea I was thinking along the lines of cutting and sanding but I will try your idea first :p
 

thestramel

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The freezer trick works well but I actually removed the hsf off of my 8500LE after using it in my system for a while. I turned the system off, pulled the card out and removed the hsf while the card was still warm.
 

spazzkid

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i agree with both guys. its either u heat up ur vidcard to soften the epoxy or freeze it to make the glue brittle. :D
 
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WerewolfX

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Looks like freezing may be my best shot. It has been hanging around on the vid card for six months solid now. I just hope that sucker comes off without too much hassle when the time comes.

Would kinda suck to have a watercooling system in my case only cooling my northbridge :)