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I made a big mistake =(

After getting my revised P67 board I bought a VGA cooler to install at the same time. Problem is, I applied the TIM for the GPU and chipset incorrectly. I used the side of my finger to smooth the surface of the TIM across the GPU. Then, when I went to reattach the CPU heatsink on the new motherboard, I read the instructions on applying the new TIM I bought for that.

It specifically warns against using your fingers for spreading the compound out. Also, the amount recommended is far, far less than what I applied to the GPU.

Would the Artic Silver 5 be better to use on the GPU heatsink than the included TIM?

Are there any major differences in applying TIM to a GPU than to a CPU?

And, how do I remove this VGA cooler?



I removed all the screws from the back of the video card, but there is still something holding the cooler in place. It doesn't seem to be the TIM as the cooler can wiggle freely, it just can't be taken of

The only thing I can think of that would be holding it in place would be the four screws on each corner of the GPU. They face downwards through the video card and are secured with a fixing nut. But I removed the fixing nuts and still it won't budge.

Sorry, that's a lot of questions! Anyone have ideas?
Edited by Rokabud - 3/28/11 at 9:01pm
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I always use my finger...
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Important! DO NOT smooth or apply the compound with your bare finger, you
will contaminate the surface (skin cells, and body oil again).
http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appm..._line_v1.1.pdf
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