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Originally Posted by Dobrescu George View Post

I will try to clean. 

The hdd I cannot really format, as most of my data is on it.

I should look for a good themral paste. 

There is only one heatsink, I wonder if i will have to change the themral paste of cpu and gpu?

Dell-Inspiron-N5010-Fan10.jpg

http://img.over-blog.com/300x200/5/07/75/22/Dell-Inspiron-17R/Dell-Inspiron-N5010-Fan10.jpg

On the right where the three blue circles make a triangle is the cpu. Hard to tell from the picture, but I bet the flat copper piece to the upper left of the RAM slots is the gpu.

Since the heatpipe covers both and has to come off you best do both. Just a word of caution; that's really old thermal paste. It may have dried out quite a bit and not want to release from the components. Possibly partially disassemble and then run furmark or similar stress test to loosen up the ninja death grip may be a good idea so there's little time for it to cool.

As an aside, backing up ~/home (or the Windows equivalent...C:\Documents and Settings?) to an external hard drive would let you format. The fact that you don't have any back ups is very bad! Should anything happen to that laptop where will your data be?

**had to put a link to the picture as it will preview in my post but not show in the thread on my phone**
Edited by lostinthesauce - Yesterday at 11:43 am
post #8057 of 8060
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Originally Posted by lostinthesauce View Post


Dell-Inspiron-N5010-Fan10.jpg

http://img.over-blog.com/300x200/5/07/75/22/Dell-Inspiron-17R/Dell-Inspiron-N5010-Fan10.jpg

On the right where the three blue circles make a triangle is the cpu. Hard to tell from the picture, but I bet the flat copper piece to the upper left of the RAM slots is the gpu.

Since the heatpipe covers both and has to come off you best do both. Just a word of caution; that's really old thermal paste. It may have dried out quite a bit and not want to release from the components. Possibly partially disassemble and then run furmark or similar stress test to loosen up the ninja death grip may be a good idea so there's little time for it to cool.

As an aside, backing up ~/home (or the Windows equivalent...C:\Documents and Settings?) to an external hard drive would let you format. The fact that you don't have any back ups is very bad! Should anything happen to that laptop where will your data be?

**had to put a link to the picture as it will preview in my post but not show in the thread on my phone**

Most of the sensitive data is on an external drive. 

 

I cannot format because most of my programs are installed, and some partial done works are on internal HDD. I do this to not risk stressing the extrnal HDD too much. 

 

About that thermal paste, does it really matter? I do not understand how it can change anything. Why not leave withou paste, better conductibility meta-metal?

post #8058 of 8060
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Originally Posted by Dobrescu George View Post

Most of the sensitive data is on an external drive. 

I cannot format because most of my programs are installed, and some partial done works are on internal HDD. I do this to not risk stressing the extrnal HDD too much. 

About that thermal paste, does it really matter? I do not understand how it can change anything. Why not leave withou paste, better conductibility meta-metal?

The paste should be a thin enough layer to fill in voids between the two surfaces. This will increase the actual contact area which will assist in moving heat. Too much and the paste will insulate.
post #8059 of 8060
Thread Starter 

Building a new PC for boss

 

Doesn't really play games but wants to play flight sims in spare time. 


 

 

 

CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 (3.3GHz w/ turbo 3.7GHz)

Motherboard: Asrock H97M ITX/ac (Premium Alloy, built in Wireless ac/n/g/b , Quallcomm gigabit LAN, ELNA Audio)

Case: Thermaltake Core V1 mini ITX

RAM: Gskill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1600 CAS9

Storage: 500GB Samsung EVO 850

GPU: AMD Radeon R7 250 (2GB Dedicated w/ 28nm)

PSU: Corsair CSM 450W Modular PSU

 

Total: $577

post #8060 of 8060
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Originally Posted by lostinthesauce View Post


The paste should be a thin enough layer to fill in voids between the two surfaces. This will increase the actual contact area which will assist in moving heat. Too much and the paste will insulate.

Ah, this makes sense. I have been thinking that thermal paste might in fact form an insulator if it is too thick..

 

Okay, I will try to buy a tube of it when I have the chance, I guess that it might be worth the try.

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