Originally Posted by dirkpitt45
A tip for the core contact, if you take a pair of needle nose pliers and slide them over where the bracket "arms" bend. Then squeeze the pliers to smush the bend down a bit. It makes mounting a whole lot easier. I ran into the same problem the first time I put mine one. Had to get someone to hold the heatsink steady while I practically leaned on the **** thing.
I thought of doing something similar to that. Instead of squishing the clip, I thought of cutting a little bit of the plastic on the sides of the bracket where the clips slip into. i wanted to make it shorter so that the clips could slip in, but decided against it. Your tip looks much better though.
The way I did it was I first hooked the short end of the clip on the HS onto one of the ends of the bracket.
Heres a pic showing the clips.
I hook the short end of the clip to the end of the bracket, which is NOT screwed onto the motherboard yet. Yeah, I know thats not how it should be done but that was the only way I could hook the short clip of the HSF onto the bracket without any interference.
After I hooked the end onto the bracket, I started to screw in the bracket onto the motherboard. Once that was in, I had to push the other clip into the other side of the bracket with a crazy amount of force. After that, everything was mounted on nicely.
Which motherboard are you using and which way did you mount the HSF?