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780i N/South Bridge Fix

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Ive been inspired to do the fix when I lap my True 120 and q6600 processor.

My question is would it be a good idea to remove the thermal paste surrounded by the rubber pads and add better TIM like MX-2? And to do this, Do i add the TIM to the chipset like you do when you apply TIM to a processor? or do you place it on the cooler itself?

Also anything worth mentioning for me to look out for when I do this? Tips etc?
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Stock thermal pastes on NB and SB coolers tend to suck... replacing them with AS5, TX-2 or any other popular thermal compound is going to give you some nice temp drops

as for application, you want to add it to the chipset as adding it to the cooler would leave you unable to judge where the contact will be made

my personal method is this:
1) remove the cooler
2) remove the stock thermal paste from the cooler and chipset using rubbing alcohol and a rag
3) add a little dab of your thermal compound on the center of the chipset
4) take a sandwich bag, turn it inside out, stick your finger in the farther corner, and use this to spread the thermal compound around until it covers the entire surface of the chipset
4) pop the cooler back on

it's pretty simple and you'll definitely see some nice temp drops
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