Changing video card heatsink

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  1. GuOD

    GuOD mcflurry diet

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    I have a BFG 6800 GT and the fan is sort of loud even when idling. I read that the NV5 Silencer by Arctic cooling is very quiet and works better than the stock hs. How difficult is it to change the heatsink on a video card and is it worht the risk for this expensive card?
     
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    it's easy, but it will void your warranty. So dunno if that's worth it to you.
     
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    GuOD mcflurry diet

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    do you think local computers stores would be willing to change the heatsink or they wouldn't risk it? I'm thinking of trying it because I want mine to be quiet
     
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    i wouldn't do it unless the customer paid me and signed a "warranty void" disclaimer... come to think of it, I've done it before.
     
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    You could do it yourself. If anything went wrong with the card you could put the stock heatsink back on, and get warranty. Assuming the heatsink/installation had nothing to do with the card malfunctioning of course :mamoru:
     
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    it's really easy. just beware, some companys use thermal PASTE instead of just thermal compound. if it seems like you need to pull too hard to get the heatsink off, give it up. it helps to let the pc run for a few minutes to heat up the compound to make it easier to get off as well.
     
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    I think you mean thermal "adhesive"
     
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    paste = adhesive = glue
    compound = not glue

    you're right though, some people just use paste as a generic term..i shoulda been more specific
     
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    its fairly easy, when dealig with the card make sure you keep it off carpet and such - obvious precautions. dont apply alot of pressure on it anywhere, if its not doing what you want, find a different method. first time i changed one i snapped a blade off the stock fan :/ ^like they said, the thermal 'stuff' whichever kind does matter or you could buy a small stick of paste for a couple bucks, sand off the original stuff and paste it yourself. otherwise, a few screws, replace, rescrew and done...
     
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    Do NOT sand the GPU!! take the extra time and get it clean/smooth with a normal cloth or qtip, something like that. If you ever sanded too much off the GPU you would be fucked.
     
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    aye... isopropyl rubbing alcohol is all you need to make it squeaky-clean.
     
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    rofl @ sanding the gpu
     
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    Jay My shit don't stink

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    i wouldn't really recommend artic silver. I've never seen it cool any better than a high-quality non-conductive compound, and it is highly conductive, and a pita to clean off.
     

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