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I am wanting to take off some degrees.
firstly, what is the best way to get inbetween the Heatsink/rad to clean the dust. I seems to be molded on. I've removed half of it. One side is black and other is grey due to dust. Air can't even budge it, never mind remove it. Also the HS fins bend like paper.

Also, any mods to increase contact or easy simple tips to reduce temps overall? I've seen the mods where people add rads ect but i am doing that. Too risky for me.

Thank you everyone wink.gif
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Well there are few ways that I can think of,
1. Q-tips (if the fins are too close then probably won't fit)
2. Use a toothpick with a piece of cloth attach to the tip, so it won't scratch the fins. Then slowly push it through the fins to get some of the dust off.
3. I got[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Metro-Vacuum-ED500-500-Watt-Electric/dp/B001J4ZOAW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1304032979&sr=8-3"] this[/ame] Vaccum cleaner off Amazon it works fairly well.
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Originally Posted by prtuc2;13311601 
Well there are few ways that I can think of,
1. Q-tips (if the fins are too close then probably won't fit)
2. Use a toothpick with a piece of cloth attach to the tip, so it won't scratch the fins. Then slowly push it through the fins to get some of the dust off.
3. I got this Vaccum cleaner off Amazon it works fairly well.

Q tip bent some fins. I was thinking of removing it and washing it under the tap. I did it with my TRUE and it fully cleaned it all up. However, removing the block means i will need new thermal paste, so i guess i should ask the following:
1. Best thermal paste for my setup? How to install?
2. Any pressure mods and/or install tips?
Edited by BradleyW - 4/28/11 at 4:32pm
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1. Best thermal paste is quite expensive like the Indigo Xtreme, but save yourself some cash get something like the MX-2 or the Shin-Etsu. Is only a few degrees in differences.
2. Not familiar with any pressure mod on the H50, but you can get some long 6/32 screws and place some washer and nuts to secure the mounting for pressure.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUxoFiFuS_g&feature=player_embedded"]Here[/ame] is the installation video on Corsair's site.
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post #5 of 15
The best thermal paste would be Indigo Xtreme.
The next best would be Shin-Etsu or Arctic Silver.

I wouldn't know about pressure mods.
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Originally Posted by triangle;13311941 
The best thermal paste would be Indigo Xtreme.
The next best would be Shin-Etsu or Arctic Silver.

I wouldn't know about pressure mods.

is not that the one that's like a liquid metal that's impossible to clean off after a period of time?
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post #7 of 15
I would suggest after you get it cleaned that you buy a filter to put over it so you do not have this problem, its much easier to clean a filter then it is a rad.
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post #8 of 15
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Yeah good idea. This dust collected before i got my HAFX though so that's why it's a mucky ducky!
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post #9 of 15
Put it in a bucket of water, and then dry it off real good. Gets all the dust off. Use a hairdryer to dry if you want it faster.
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post #10 of 15
The bucket of water sounds a good idea, if not blow it with an air compressor maintaining a decent distance though, then if your re-pasting use MX-4 ~Rhys
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