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post #1 of 20
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I've never done this before..

I have thermal paste, 77% rubbing alcohol, a credit card, and a lint free cloth..

How do i take the old thermal paste off, and how do I re-apply new paste (how much, do i spread it, do i just put a grain of rice sized blob on and combine the gpu/thermal reciever, etc)?



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Every time i have done it the old stuff just peels away with my fingers. then i would clean it up with rubbing alcohol and a q tip. then i coated the gpu with the thermal paste just like i would a cpu, a good sized pea drop and spread it with a credit card nice and even.
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Put a dab on the centre and just put the heatsink on. The pressure will make it spread out evenly. Never use a credit card to spread it because it will cause air bubbles which is bad!
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It should just pull off, then just clean it up.

However, if I recall you need to use more thermal paste on the gpu than you do on your cpu.
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I have been spreading mine with a card for years and it doesnt leave air bubbles. You will need a little more than a cpu because the gpu is huge. and you can leave it a little thick. sticking a glob in the center and sticking it back down is how they do it from factory and you can see it doesnt do a good job.
Edited by l3ubba - 4/16/12 at 12:30pm
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seems like some say use a blob and compress together, others say spread.. hmm.


also, is there anything i need to be aware of to NOT DO while doing this?
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It should just pull off, then just clean it up.
However, if I recall you need to use more thermal paste on the gpu than you do on your cpu.

The IHS is a bit bigger than most CPU IHS, so you may need to apply a bit more if you apply in center area, but don't go overboard smile.gif
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do i put the blob (or spread the blob) on the gpu side or the thermal reciever side, or does it matter.
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I usually put it on the gpu side.
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Won't that void the warranty?
 
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