figured i would post this here..
I wrote this for the gaming forum i am a part of, so if any of it seems like i'm explaining too much, that's why.
not everyone is a computer/electronics geek, so here's the work log from the site.
got a RROD 360 yesterday from a friend. he said i could have it. so the plan is to re-flow the solder on the gpu (graphics chip) and the cpu (the processor). then maybe get the same heatsink that is on the cpu (taller one) and put the same one on the gpu (shorter one). after that i need to make a case for it all to fit in. check out some of the pics
I'm not really planning on this working, i got it off of him to get ideas on modding my own xbox case. but figured while i have it lets play around and see if we cant get it to work.. hell i have fixed much worse off electronics than this.
open and ready to be blown out, always clean before your rip up electronics.
the rear and ONLY fans, they could come in handy
the gpu heatsink, is the one that is lower with the heatpipe coming off the side to a smaller cooler. the larger one is for the cpu.
All clean, blew out the case with 120psi
CPU cleaned, GPU still has their thermal paste on it.
not sure why but their paste seems more like hard gum than a paste.
The CPU cleaned to a mirror finish.
it actually was cleaned 3 more times till it was finally totally clean
the gpu paste close up
Macro shot of the cpu (central processing unit)
a CPU interprets instructions and carries out the data processing, think of it a brain. however it doesn't store data like a human brain that would be the Hard Drive.
Macro Shot of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
this chip does all of your video rendering, if you see it, this chip showed it to you.
i had some extra time on my hands while on the phone with my brother and busted out the dremel and buffing compound. i got the heat sinks semi-mirrored. a little bit of over kill but whatever.
dropped some antec formula 5 silver thermal compound. (the best thermal compound you can buy)
put on a thin layer for both the gpu and cpu..
then i left the xbox with the fans off for about 30mins letting the xbox burn in. shut it down and rebooted.
Works like new now.
Case before cutting.
Removed the grill in the back, since there are two grills in the back it severly decreases the air being pushed out of the back of the xbox.
Next i went and cut out slats in the back to help remove back presser on the fans.
I didn't want to remove the entire back, i want to keep it looking semi stock but also add a nice look to it. what do you guys think?
This is what the original fan shroud (the white thing behind the heat sinks looks like)
as you can see the shroud just barely touches the fins. so proper cooling of the heat sinks (both gpu and cpu) isn't being accomplished.
So i made a semi shroud enclosure for the gpu and cpu.
this will cool the heat sinks much more effectively.
Fans put in. with this cut like it is, there feels to be about 4x the air movement/pressure vs my stock xbox, if not more.