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6970: How do I take this thing apart?

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I know this card doesn't need a specific guide, but I figured I'd ask here first: I want to take the card apart and reapply thermal paste. I'm using IC Diamond thermal compound (after the temps I saw it give my CPU, I figure I'd see how much of an improvement it shows on my GPU).

So if someone could direct me to a good guide (I've been reading some shoddy information and I don't want to break anything), or possibly give me some advice?

Do I just remove the top cover (however I do that), then unscrew the rear of the CPU block and then clean the thermal paste as usual, reapply as I would a CPU, and retighten on the GPU cooler block as I would a CPU?
    
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should be very similar to this :


if you want to wait it out, im taking mine apart next weekend (29th jan) to mount a accelero extreme plus on it and i can shoot some pics of the process...
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Just remember your thinking about much more than just the cards core, make sure your memory and vregs get thermal pads back on nice and square when you put the cooling plate back on (assuming it has one). WAY too many people on here in ignorance about chip cooling.
    
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I think I get it. Relatively simple. Thanks

edit: Thermal pads? ohhhh... yikes... I think I won't take this apart. I have none of those.

edit: Oh, I see. Getting them back on. Well then, I should think this through.
    
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Haha yeah my bad, I meant the ones that already come with. I also dont have thermal pads lying around
    
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I took apart my 5870 and all the thermal pads for the memory chips and VRMs are stuck to the top part of the cooler. I did what you want to do - clean up the thermal compound that's on the GPU and place some IC Diamond 7 Carat in its place. It works great!
As for the thermal pads for the other stuff, I just made sure they were all still stuck to the cooler when I screwed it back on and job done!
    
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