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How-to Make a CPU Keychain

Former staff writer    -   November 19, 2004
Category: Modding
Price: $5
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Introduction
Ever miss your favorite CPU manufacturer when you leave your house � if you ever leave your house? Want to carry something around that shows your unconditional support for your favorite CPU manufacturer? Well the perfect way to do so is with a CPU keychain! This guide will take though the tedious art of de-pinning, and the construction of your very own CPU keychain.

Estimated time: 1 hour.


What You Need

  • CPU
  • Drill
  • Drill Bit*
  • Thin straight object, I used a blade from my knife
  • Key Ring
  • Bag or paper to hold broken pins
  • Eye Protection
  • An unthinkable amount of patience


* Depending on the type of CPU you are working with, you will require different drill bits. I was working with an Athlon 2800; whose PCB is made out of silicon variant making it fairly easy to drill through. If you are working with a ceramic PCB like a Pentium II, a diamond tip drill bit is required.


Clear the Forest of Pins, De-Pinning and Drilling � The epic adventure begins
Now before you get started, I would just like to note that this isn�t for those with ADD or any other condition regarding attention span because this is a very, very tedious process, and alone took � of the total time. This is another one of those mods where you should go grab yourself a drink; I choose Nestea�, find a very, very comfortable spot with sufficient lighting and make sure you don�t have anything planned for the next hour or so. Also be sure to have some form of eye protection, because once those pins get snapping, some will fly, and if you are unlucky, right in the eye.

Now that you are prepared, let�s get started! Turn that CPU over to reveal the pins. First take notice on the patterns, they make diagonal lines, so it would be best to start at a corner. Slide that thin straight object behind that lucky pin in the corner, then bend it outwards. Take note that the first bend is the most difficult. After the pin is bent forward as far as possible, bend it back the other way, the then the other way again. Notice how much easier it gets? Well time for the final hit before it falls off; bend it in the opposite direction and watch it fall! Note that depending on what CPU you use, different number of �bends� will be necessary, if you were bending P4 pins, this would take about 2 bends. Now moving on, you will probably have 3 pins on this row, repeat the bending procedure and the pins will cleanly fall off. As you get further and further into the CPU you will become more effective, at times clearing 10 or more pins at a time!


Now that you have made a significant dent into the forest of pins, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, if not, grab another drink.

Continue doing this until obviously all the pins have been cleared. Wasn�t that FUN? Well if you didn�t think it was fun, you will once you�re done this keychain! You shall be envied by those foolish mortals.




  1. Introduction & What you need
  2. Clear the Forest of Pins, De-Pinning and Drilling
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