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Right, pretty simple; My brother has given me a Towel Fixed () Xenon mobo 360, now I've been through a few free RROD'd 360's that I've fixed, but they've died. So, the plus of this is that I have both the extended GPU heatsink from the Zephyr and a Falcon CPU heatsink, I intend to put the better heatsinks on the board and am wondering if I should keep the original X-clamps on the board or install my bolt-thru bolts while I'm at it. In the past I've noticed that the bolt-thru can be really touchy if not installed perfect, and I'm looking for some input on my situation.

I was thinking I'd keep the stock X-clamps on, with the new heatsinks, hit the board with a heat gun, then let it cool and put the bolts on it.

Hit me with any constructive thoughts or suggestions, and as always; thanks in advance.
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As you said it's a lot harder to get the screws installed right, but in the end it's a much better option once it's done right.
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gonna have to go with the screws on this one. once you get it right you really dont have to worry about it. i got my 360 for free 2 years ago with red ring. bolt thru mod and it's been running great since
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I'm assuming everyone who's got the bolt-thru did the typical installation of heating up the motherboard before tightening the bolts?
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Well when I did it, it was more of a continual process of tightening, loosening, and testing it out to see if it overheated, so it was definitely heated up...

It sounds like you might be worried about warping, but as long as the cooling solution is adequate that shouldn't be an issue. I wouldn't consider the X-Clamps an adequate solution.
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I'm assuming everyone who's got the bolt-thru did the typical installation of heating up the motherboard before tightening the bolts?
i didnt on mine. did take some time to find the right adjustments though
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Well when I did it, it was more of a continual process of tightening, loosening, and testing it out to see if it overheated, so it was definitely heated up...

It sounds like you might be worried about warping, but as long as the cooling solution is adequate that shouldn't be an issue. I wouldn't consider the X-Clamps an adequate solution.
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i didnt on mine. did take some time to find the right adjustments though
Yeah, I've been there too, tightening, loosening, making sure the heatsink is flat with the die. Fun fun fun!

Is what I've started to do is drill a hole for a normal computer fan in the top of the 360's case over where the second part of the GPU heatsink is and add mounting holes. Then wire it into the CPU side of the rear fan, it makes the air flow much better and makes me rather confident that cooling isn't as much of an issue.

And I'm always worried about warping, this is a Xenon 360 we're talking about here It's built to warp!
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I intend to put the better heatsinks on the board and am wondering if I should keep the original X-clamps on the board or install my bolt-thru bolts while I'm at it.

I was thinking I'd keep the stock X-clamps on, with the new heatsinks, hit the board with a heat gun, then let it cool and put the bolts on it.
When I modified my Xbox 360 I removed the X-Clamp for both GPU and CPU and fitted screws and washers instead. You'll find a bit of tape helpful here for definite as it can be alittle tricky getting all the screws to stay in place while you get it all on.

I never bothered with heating the board. It works perfectly fine and has done since I customised it.

What I did do however was remove the metal casing at the rear of the Xbox 360 where the fans are, while creating a seal with some insulation tape to stop hot air escaping out of the shroud. I find now there's more heat being removed from the system and it's a little quieter when the fans kick in.
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When I modified my Xbox 360 I removed the X-Clamp for both GPU and CPU and fitted screws and washers instead. You'll find a bit of tape helpful here for definite as it can be alittle tricky getting all the screws to stay in place while you get it all on.

I never bothered with heating the board. It works perfectly fine and has done since I customised it.

What I did do however was remove the metal casing at the rear of the Xbox 360 where the fans are, while creating a seal with some insulation tape to stop hot air escaping out of the shroud. I find now there's more heat being removed from the system and it's a little quieter when the fans kick in.
I do something similar, I make a seal with some tape as well however I don't bother cutting out the casing by the fans, I already have the washers and bolts from previous 360's and have installed them aswell, a nice trick to keep the screws in place is to put fresh thermal paste on the GPU/NB and CPU and let the seal the heatsink makes with it hold the heatsink flat, finger-tighten all the bolts to just the point of first contact between the PCB and nylon washers, then cross-tighten them to keep everything flat and level.

Either way, along with fresh heatsinks, fresh thermal paste, and adding the third fan over the front right of the console, it has yet to miss a beat.
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