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Disclaimer: ipKonfig.com will not be held responsible for any damages whatso ever. You take FULL responsibility! Capacitors can explode when chargedin reverse polarity and then forward polarity! Again, you take FULL responsibility!

Many people have stumbled onto the famous situation of their ThermalTake Orb’s not fitting on certain motherboards. Most famous is Abit, as the capacitors are extremely close the the Socket. Some have been trimming off the bottom of the Tt Orb’s to allow room for the capacitors, but can reduce performance of the Orb’s ability.

That said, let’s take out the capacitor(s)!

On the motherboard I was using the Monster ][ heatsink rubbed the capacitor. While the heatsink did fit, it was still caused a very small problem so the ultimate solution: de-solder the capacitor, add more leads and wala!

Using a solder pencil and a solder sucker, I removed the solder from each lead on the backside of the motherboard and pulled the capacitor leads out from the board.

When removing the capacitor from its slotted section insure that you DO NOT allow the leads to touch each other as this will discharge the capacitor. The white circle of course is the where the capacitor was located, more importantly the white half section being the Negative lead placement of the capacitor.

With the cap removed, we can now solder on longer leads to extend the length of the cap to move further from the socket. Notice in the above picture the silver spot, this is where our Monster ][ heatsinks was rubbing up against the cap.

As you can see the capacitor is label with a minus, "-" sign on one side, stating a Negative, and the other side being the Positive. Black wire places on Negative, and Red wire on Positive lead of the capacitor.

After the wires have been soldered you can now install the capacitor back onto the motherboard by simply placing the Black wire back in place following up with the red wire.

Afterwords be sure you clip off the excessive wire from your soldering of the new leads and you're set! Simple enough, but not for everyone not experienced with this type of technique.

Keep in Mind

  • No power to the motherboard what so ever
  • Remove Processor from motherboard completely
  • Do not short out leads, this causes discharge of the capacitor
  • Use insulated wire to prevent shorting of the wires
  • Clip off any excess wires coming out the bottom of motherboard
  • Do not wiggle the wires to much after installing the longer leads, this can lead to breakage in the wires
  • After motherboard is installed in the case, triple check for any hazardous objects that might touch the leads
  • Negative to Negative & Positive to Positive

Capacitors retain their charge of voltage, this is why it’s important to not discharge the leads while removed. You could go even further and place electrical tape (or shrink tubing) around the bottom of the capacitor to cover up the leads/wires section. This will insure more protection for modifying of the capacitor.

Note that the row of capacitors right next to the Socket can be modified the same. Remember that all the capacitors need to remain away from each other to keep from shorting out if you are not using insulated wires.

Sure, it’s a sucky way to allow room for the Tt Orb’s, but I’d rather keep the Tt Orb in-tacked for the highest performance possible. I have years of experience in soldering micro components. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, then please don’t — might not be worth the risk.


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