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Hi there, I am seeking some advice, may these is a good place :-) A fiend of mine is laughing in a corner about this last words :-)

OK the truth is that in a forum "some" "people" exchange ideas, and others find orientation. I am in the need of the last one.

I will be pleased if some one can help me with some information source. I own a laptop centrino 1.6 I tuned a bit the clock speed and some
other things, I need to improve the cooling, my questions is where to start ? .... :-) No seriously :-)

I mean, who is who in the game of cooling ? The fan, the pipes .... Etc ??? What can I do to improve the cooling system ?

All polite advices are welcome! " I said polite " :-)

Well, now as my self... Really thanks in advanced.


NOTE: NO, I am not a clown!
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You can often improve cooling in a laptop a lot by replacing the thermal paste on the CPU and GPU. The person that originally applied thermal paste in the factory has to work fast and usually uses too much paste because using not enough is dangerous. When you do this yourself, you can work as slow as you want and do it perfect.

Go to Youtube and search for your laptop model. You can usually find a video showing how to open it up and how to get to the cooler.
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Actually improving the cooling on a lap top is really really difficult because generally it's all custom in there. Fixing degraded cooling is possible though.

Laptops tend to fill up with dust bunnies over time, and removing the dust will get the cooling back to where it was when new. This can be simple or complicated depending on model. Sometimes sticking the tube of a dust-off can in the vents and giving it a good squirt can be enough. Sometimes you have to take the thing apart to do it properly.

If you have had severe and sudden heat problems you may have a bad fan, which (usually) can be replaced.

The only other thing that can easlly be done, which may or may not help, is replacing the heatsink TIM (heatsink paste). First you neeed to know if your heatsink even uses TIM though. Some don't and use pads instead.

IFixit is a website that has disassembly directions for many laptops. Yours may or may not be in it. it hopefuly will tell you what you need to know.

IF your heatsink uses TIM you can replace the stock tim with something better. There are many options, Ive had good luck with diamond based pastes myself. Even if it works it won't net you very much unless the factory paste job was exceptionally bad. That is not all that uncommon though.
Edited by bombastinator - 2/23/15 at 1:43pm
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4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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