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ok, I know this might be dumb, but I thought I would ask about it. I know If you where to shine the CPU and the Bottom of the fans result in better contact... Will the question is how would you go about shinning the bottom of them with out destroying them or ruining them.

Like I said I thought this would be actually kind of stupid to ask...
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I think you mean you want to lap it. You can lap the heatsink with sandpaper, same with the CPU. There are some guides on here, maybe someone who knows where they are can link you with them.
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It's called lapping. The process starts with a perfectly flat surface (usually a piece of glass) and several grades of sand paper (usually starting around 200 and going to 1000 or even more).

There are plenty of ways of going about it, but in essence, you're just sanding and polishing the CPU/heatsink.
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i guess you're reffering to lapping. It's not the fact that it's shiny that it's important, but more that it's perfectly flat. You want the best possibly contact between the heatsink and the processor.

To lap, you need varying gritted sandpaper (400, 800, 1200, 1500, 2000), something perfectly flat, and something to lubricate(for the shine factor)

you need to take a sharpie, mark an x on the surface, place the sand paper on the perfectly flat surface, and sand down with the 400grit until the x is completely gone. make sure to rotate while sanding to make sure the surface doesn't get uneven

then redo with 800, 1200, 1500, 2000 (or similar grits)
    
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yeah it's called lapping. but it wouldn't make them shinny, it would make them shiny
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What if I did the Zalman and the CPU would that be a good Idea or no? Thanks for all the info every one it has came in real handy.
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What if I did the Zalman and the CPU would that be a good Idea or no? Thanks for all the info every one it has came in real handy.
Lapping both your heatsink and CPU is the way to go.

You'll almost definatly see a noticeable drop in CPU temps. As mentioned before, the key is flat. A pretty finish is nice, but the flatter, the better.
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just a note, lapping your CPU WILL remove the warranty on it, but if that isn't a problem for you, go for it and get better temps
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just a note, lapping your CPU WILL remove the warranty on it, but if that isn't a problem for you, go for it and get better temps
Naw it's not a problem for me, I just want better temps. I have a question though has any one ever lapped a Duo Core 2 (Intel) or would it be better not to do it so that it doesn't crack the dye that is located on the CPU?
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