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im interested in cleaning my gtx 580's extensively. how hard is it to remove the fan mount and clean and remove dust build up in a gtx580? i know il have to reapply tim to the heatsinks but i got some good stuff so shouldnt be a problem.

how hard is it to completely clean inside and out
is there anything i should know when removing the parts
and any other tips you have to cleaning the gpu...
post #2 of 19
There should be a way to remove just the shroud from the 580. You could also get an air compressor and blow through the fan blades and out the exhaust.
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Hold the fan when you blow through it to keep it from spinning. A spun fan that's plugged in can generate electricity and harm component and even unplugged it's bad for the motor to spin unpowered.
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the cover comes off easy however is it worth removing the entire card to reach the heat pipes and hs? this way I can reapply Tim. or is this not needed or dangerous?

also thanks for the quick replies.
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the cover comes off easy however is it worth removing the entire card to reach the heat pipes and hs? this way I can reapply Tim. or is this not needed or dangerous?
also thanks for the quick replies.

It may be worth it if you have higher quality TIM laying around.
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i have artic mx-4. is that good enough? if so is it hard to remove the heatsink and heatpipes from the card itlesf? any instructions around to help?

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post #7 of 19
Hmm well the install guide for my XSPC Razor block helped a lot.

Are your 580 Reference designs? if so use this link....
http://www.xs-pc.com/manual/razorgtx580.pdf
^Ignore the fact that they use a zotac card reference is reference.

The Disassemble of the 580 starts on page 2.
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mx-4 should be fine.
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Damit, the dam fan cord was in there really good and i ended up ripping 2 of the 4 wires connecting into the black connector cap... frown.gif
So now the fans prob dead and gone unless i can somehow recconect them. Or just say **** it and buy my water cooling kit early...

How much would it cost to go watercooling for 2 gtx580's? Say a decent setup with improvment later on down the road.(not looking to put cpu in same loop either.)

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Well I Use a XSPC Razor block and i like it so far, Simple looks, and gets the job done. But i would start out with a Rasa kit and work your way up....
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