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Yesterday in middle of moving my hardware over to a new case a couple of heatsinks for my video card fell off. I'm using a custom GPU cooler and have those nice little mini heatsinks that cool other things besides the GPU core.

All of my VRAM heatsinks are still sticking, but from what I believe the power heatsinks are not. I tried reapplying them only to find out that the adhesive has worn out and no longer sticks.

Is there any way I can reapply these heatsinks without having to go out and buy some thermal tape? I just want a quick fix (my computer is unusable without a video card) and I don't want to spend much money on a fix either.

Thanks,
Matt

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Tape them on for a temporary fix, or use a little bit of superglue
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White school glue + Some thermal compound
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Originally Posted by Winrahr View Post
Tape them on for a temporary fix, or use a little bit of superglue
Wouldn't tape melt? I don't know how hot these parts usually get.
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Quote:
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Wouldn't tape melt? I don't know how hot these parts usually get.
I'm not sure, thats why i said temporary
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do 30% glue and 70% TIM OF CHOICE
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post #7 of 12
You.. might want to give your videocard a cleaning while you're at it. D:
post #8 of 12
Thermal tape is usually one use only. Once it sticks and is then removed, you're supposed to replace it as both it's adhesive and thermal properties are compromised. That said most thermal tape should stick for years if you've cleaned the surfaces it attaches to, which you should always do. Never apply any TIM or adhesive to a surface that has not been throughly cleaned.

Superglue + TIM will work, but you are better off buying some good thermal adhesive, wether tape or epoxy.
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That said most thermal tape should stick for years if you've cleaned the surfaces it attaches to, which you should always do.
I cleaned the surfaces that I attached these heatsinks to. While the all of the VRAM heatsinks are still stuck (with a pretty tough grip I may add) to the VRAM to this day, these heatsinks managed to fall off. I think the problem is that these heatsinks have very little surface area to attach to. Thanks to the odd layout of whatever I need to attach these heatsinks to the heatsinks fell off.

A lot of the "dirtyness" is from dust collecting on the card. I make sure to clean out my case every few months but I usually never get to the dust that "cakes" onto my equipment. That said the card is all clean now.
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post #10 of 12
I'm having exactly the same problem as SchmoSalt (coincidentally my name's also Matt!).

I recently purchased an Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 PLUS as the fan on my Asus 8800GT is now very loud and the PC is part of a home studio. I used the supplied thermal adhesive to attach the heatsinks and although the 'cure time' was 5 hours, I thought I'd play it safe and leave it overnight. With the new cooler attached I popped it back in the case and it seemed to be running fine until it rebooted after a few minutes of running Team Fortress 2. I had a look and noticed that the smaller heatsinks for the RAM were all fine but the 2 longer ones, which I believe cover the voltage regulators, have both fallen off. Gravity obviously hasn't helped but I really don't trust an adhesive on its own to hold them on with the temperatures they get up to, it's just not adequate.

Can anyone recommend a method to hold these on permanently? I'm thinking maybe a combination of adhesive and tape or just buying some thermal tape.. can anyone offer advice on the best and most reliable course?

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