This next post is how to remove/clean and then apply a better Thermal Compound - For this I used Arctic Silver 3Enter the Boozer and Mr. Goo head!
For this you'll need:
- Isopropyl Alcohol the higher the % the better
- GOO GONE
- Coffee FiltersAnd of course..... a tube of Arctic Silver 3 Thermal Compound
Looks like THIS.
They also have a good tut on how to prep your chips and apply the thermal compound. You can check that out HERE.Remove CPU Heatsink
You'll need to lift the Black pressure tab and then remove the heat sink clip completely. Then carefully persuade the sink to lift off the chip. When you get it all apart this is what you should have.Remove GPU Heatsink
Now NFCTinken, posted a question about how to get the GPU heat sink off. Well if you look at this shot - I first release the chrome clip (similar to CPU) then slide a screwdriver from the right between the heat sink and black lower seat. Using a motion like you were removing a paint can lid - (hey just thought of that) - I slowly persuaded the heat sink to release. Now the NVIDIA chip has a much larger surface area than the INTEL chip on the right. That's why it's such a bugger to get off. But just take your time.Remove M$ Bubble Gum
First use the GOO GONE. It dissolves the bubble gum. You'll need to work it with the Q-Tip(s). Use alot of them cause they end up soaking up the goo. Then once you get the stuff off - use the Alcohol to do a real good clean.
You need to clean both surfaces. This is the CPU heatsink after a few cleans with GOO GONE. Next I'll use the Alcohol.
When you're done rest the heat sink gently back on the chip. This to keep the airborne dust from landing on the chip.
Here's the GPU NVIDIA chip - just freshly peeled.
Then clean and clean. Although I didn't take another picture you need to completely clean the bubble gum on the chip - so yes I did clean that stuff on the edges.Applying the Arctic Silver 3
I used an old cd as a palate and a clean edged credit card. Just follow the Arctic Silver instructions. Remeber to use the coffee filters to apply a thin rub of the compound to the bottom of the heat sinks as well.
The chips should then look like this...
Then re-assemble the GPU and CPU heatsinks and clips.
The whole project took me a few hours and if I didn't take any pictures that time would probably come all the way down. But like my last mod - I took my time and enjoyed it.
Overall, I'm really pleased with my temperature results. With these temps I do not plan on doing any further cooling mods. I bought the mini HDD fan and was going to do the HDD fan install - but I want to keep my xbox as quiet as possible.
Thanks to Trob again for the inspiration - who know's maybe I'll get started on that grill mod. But for now everythings.... COOL