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So I took off the heatsink/fan on my 8500GT...

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Just to check it out and stuff, it looked a little shady. I noticed the thermal paste was pretty sticky, but once I got it off and took a look at the what-used-to-be smooth paste, I remembered how the thermal paste needs to be smooth between the hs/fan and GPU or else air bubbles will pop up and cause a nuclear asplosion. So I thought, "That was pretty stupid."

So now I've probably taken it off and on like 4 times trying to making it perfect again.

What do you guys think? Would it be alright with just putting the hs/fan back on? Or should I buy some AS5, wipe off the stock paste and apply it? The card has actually never even been used before.
post #2 of 12
clean off the old tim and reapply better one as5 would be good. that's what i do to all as well to my mobo hs.
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Do not re-apply the original thermal paste. Get some alcohol (no, not to drink) and clean the heat sink and processor off. Then apply some new thermal paste. Most people will say to get some AS5...go for it. I don't think that the quality of the paste makes a huge difference, but for the price, why get an "inferior" product.
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Watch out for the thermal ram pads.

If the heatsink has these attached, you don't want to remove them.
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Watch out for the thermal ram pads.

If the heatsink has these attached, you don't want to remove them.
That sounds like something in a nuclear submarine or something!
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Yea, leave the RAM pads on there. Just re-apply paste for the processor.

RAM pads sound like something that should be on on bumper cars or on racing cars.
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Do not re-apply the original thermal paste. Get some alcohol (no, not to drink) and clean the heat sink and processor off. Then apply some new thermal paste. Most people will say to get some AS5...go for it. I don't think that the quality of the paste makes a huge difference, but for the price, why get an "inferior" product.
By alcohol, he means isopropyl rubbing alcohol. High percentages such as 91% at your local Wal-Mart are ideal.
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Uh oh, maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. I think it's thermal tape not paste. It's really sticky, and the part that was stuck to the GPU broke sorta clean off the part that was stuck to the heatsink. It's a salmon color and it sorta looks like these: http://www.crazypc.com/products/PQ5-5025.html

What do I do now?
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There wouldn't be any thermal tape on the GPU. Thermal tape would only be on the ram and mosfet/vrm/any other important chips.

(I take it you know what the GPU looks like)

It looks like you're talking about the thermal pads for the ram. You want those on there...


Everyone else in this thread is talking about the thermal paste for the GPU. This is what you want to replace. You can also replace the thermal pads if you want, but most people don't have this laying around somewhere.
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