viper 550 cooling
I have an OEM viper 550(it came without a fan or tv out) and I want to remove the passive heatsink and attach a cpu cooler, my question is, how do I remove the heatsink? It seems to be attached with some sort of thermal glue. Also,what is the best method of attaching the cpu cooler to the viper?
Go here http://www.heatsink-guide.com/ for more information.
The following is a snip from their Graphics Card Cooling section.
To remove the supplied heatsink, which is glued to the chip. It is easier to remove if the chip is hot - either let your card run hot (run a 3D graphics software), or heat it up with a hair dryer (after uninstalling it). Once the chip is hot, you can twist the heatsink off. If you can't get it off easily, use a butter knife to pop it off. Scratch off the old glue from the chip as well as possible, and use some solvent to clean it off completely. Acetone is fine, if you have some. Nail polish will do, since its main ingredient is acetone, but it leaves an oily residue on the chip after drying. You can get this residue off with ethylen alcohol. Vodka will do; don't use whiskey, it leaves a residue, too :-). Tennmax (manufacturer of the Lasagna) recommands Toluene-based Carb Cleaners. These are very effective, but toxic and highly flammable. In some contries, Toluene-based cleaners are hard to get, because Toluene is very suitable for making explosives (TNT) or for abusing it as a drug (very dangerous, just don't try it).
best thing to cool a card is to stick a fan on it ans the best and least expensive is an old 486 fan just screw it onto your heatsink and away you go
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