Step 010: The GPU. O
K. I'll provide the treacherous, thorny details of agony or mild i-see-problem-hmmm.
Firstly, this was previously tested at that person's house that I mentioned in one of my first two threads. Forget if that's in introduction or first post thread. That hole in the box is the missing upc code for the rebate.
So. What do I do but... open it up. This is where the trouble starts. Wanted to get a jumpstart and replace the TIM now. oohboy.
Especially since i put it on paper of all things. Switched to mobo's antistatic bag later.
Tried to remove the fans' power plug but it wouldn't budge and was afraid of breaking it. Opened. Lots of paste. Took forever to get it off. Must have used over fifteen total coffee filters (altogether for the three reapplications), torn into a manageable three or four to five parts for longevity. Then spread it over the heatsink... or die? forget. both?
gpu. prolly'. wore nonaseptic powderfree latexfree examination gloves when handling the tim.
When I had it altogether again, after wobble twisting and messing with it and the sprinscrews giving me contrary signals and awkward unfamiliarity, I squinted and saw that the die did not make contact on either end and a little ways into the middle. Clear shot all the way through. Or so it seemed. When I opened it up, I found this acceptable spread:
So, cleaned it again. One drop of Articlean #2 got half on half off the die accidentally when I flipped it over to unlock the ability to get it out onto the die. And the wrist strap came loose from the alligator clip end and hit the back of the pcb, but not too hard since it was attached to the TWIN FROZOR II. Spread some tim on the die, but before I put it together... (cont. in third reapplication)
It Seemed like I was missing something so I looked it up
. Sure ok. Cleaned it again. Here's two of the final putting.
Put pcb on veerrrrry carefully, making sure I placed it straight and directly above the screwholes perfectly. Which I actually did.
Placed screws on it.
Screws rotated to the left until the click like always and then screwed three twists of the hand top right, bottom left, bottom right, top left.
Screwed them in all the way really tight in the same order, five twists each before repeating. Yay done. Just need to put it in the case now. But when I look at it again, I see the same thing as what started the second application.
Now, biggest problem. I can't get it in the chassis! Are those expansion covers supposed to be touching the mobo? That connector below those two capacitors and next to the G mobo hole is HD AUDIO so that means.. front panel audio connection? If I put it into the first x16 slot then that connector is pretty much covered. If I put it in the second then a x1 slot is covered and there will be a right mega difficulty plugging in those bottom connectors. The screwless design fails. I need to get it below those clips, but I can't because the bottom needs to be between the mobo and those empty slots, and I can't do that because the mobo is in the way. @_@
Should I order the screwful design for the slots? But even then I can't remove it because I would need some special tool that can take out what's attaching it.
Edit: I missed that obvious thing- those arrows. Worked like a difficult and pretty easy charm once I did it correctly. Thought that the tabs needed to be pressed rather than the half arrows. That crinkly sound as I inserted it into the pciex16 slot though. Is that supposed to happen?
Edited by FelixLegend - 11/23/10 at 5:59pm