Topic Title: suggestions for temporary CPU storage
Topic Summary: RMA ing my Mobo, how do i store the CPU since i can't get Antistatic bags
Created On: 06/06/2013 01:42 PM
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 06/06/2013 01:42 PM
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TidalWavesStudio
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I'm currently in the process of RMAing my ASRock motherboard -which could take 3-4 weeks aprox- and I'm looking for suggestions for how I should store/ protect my CPU. I still have the original TIN CASE that the CPU came in, but I lost the protective plastic sleve that the CPU was in.

I heard something about a brown paper bag, plain paper, cardboard and tinfoil but I'm not sure since someone else said that they're not a good idea. I want to protect the Pins as well as protect the CPU from static. Sadly, no store in my area sells Anti -static bags so that's not an option i can take.

Is there any suggestions? As I said, I'm looking to store it/ protect it for 3-4 weeks aprox, just long enough to send away and recieve my new Mobo and I'm UNABLE to obtain any anti static bags in my area.

PS: Please don't tell me to get antistatic bags online. it will take roughly 2 weeks to get to my home if i order them online.

Edit: my CPU is a FX 8350 if that helps any

 06/06/2013 02:24 PM
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I've stored some old athlons and durons in kitchen towels and/or toilet paper (and then inside some small box), didn't do them no harm



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 06/06/2013 02:41 PM
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I use coffee filters to store old CPUs and also to clean the old thermal paste.



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 06/06/2013 02:44 PM
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Originally posted by: zipsi I've stored some old athlons and durons in kitchen towels and/or toilet paper (and then inside some small box), didn't do them no harm

 

 

yeah but what about the Pins?

 

Originally posted by: WMudrockJr I use coffee filters to store old CPUs and also to clean the old thermal paste.

I've got post of the thermal paste off. As for the coffee filters i'll have to see if i can nick one while i'm at work tomorrow. still worried about the pins though

 

 06/06/2013 03:56 PM
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Find a cheap plush toy, put the CPU pins down on it and use safety pins to curl the plush around it. The stuffing will keep the pins from being bent and it will provide protection for it. Another option would be to take a piece of cardboard and wrap it around the CPU then use a couple of old wash cloths to wrap around that.

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 06/07/2013 04:51 PM
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Put it in an anti-static bag and put that in the CPU box. Surely you have an anti-static bag from some old components.



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 06/07/2013 05:10 PM
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Old styrofoam or cardboard works well.  If the chip has actual pins, you can embed the pins in it, then tape the chip down, maybe with something over the surface of it to prevent getting tape-goo stuck on it.  The embedding part can be tricky with cardboard, but you could just sandwich the chip inbetween two pieces of it instead.  If it's got the little pads instead of pins, you'll want to be more careful... they're a bit more tempermental.

The kitchen towels would work also though.  I once sent a chip and motherboard across the country to a friend of mine that way.  Just about anything that prevents the chip from shifting around inside it's container too much should work.



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 06/09/2013 11:44 PM
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i bought a CPU tray on eBay, makes it easier when I have to repair machines with dead motherboards

 



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 06/11/2013 08:59 AM
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Tidal.......eBay, as someone already suggested. At the present time there are some listed. In the mean time there are alot of good suggestions here......take a piece of cardboard (8"x3") fold it in half so you have like two 4"x3" cardboard pieces, place cpu in between cardboard and gently but firmly wrap outside of cardboard with bubble-wrap, plastic wrap, etc. You may want to look for some kind of pad or foam  to place pins onto.....call up AMD support for hints, 866-284-2093.http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0&_nkw=amd+cpu+tray&_sacat=0&_from=R40.........Jimmy

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