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How to cleaning a graphic card?

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how to disassemble an nvidia graphics card GTX 260 for cleaning?

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How to open a GTX260 to clean inside?

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Every couple of months, I pull out my ATI Radeon X1900 XTX from my PC for cleaning. What I usually do, is I remove the heatsink, by removing the clamps on the bottom of the card, then remove the plastic cover that covers the metal of the heatsink and run cotton swabs through the fins of the sink, and fans. I also re-apply thermal compound to the GPU. This can really increase performance if you do it every couple of months, since it keeps the GPU cooler. Start by removing any screws on the back of the card, that hold the heatsink in place (When you put these back in, tighten them evenly!). You should be able to lift the heatsink off now. There's a good chance that the fan is still connected by a cable so remove that too. Then look on the back of the heatsink assembly. There should be screws that hold the plastic cover onto the metal portion of the heatsink. Remove those, then the plastic cover. You should now have access to the actual metal heatsink. To remove dust from fins, I recommend using cotton swabs, and running them through gaps. Then, clean the thermal compound off of the GPU chip, and the heatsink, and re-apply a thin layer to the chip. The best way to do this, is to put a very small amount (about the size of 2 or 3 grains of rice) of the thermal compound onto the chip, and spread it evenly with a playing card. Then you can put it all back together, and remember to evenly tighten the screws that hold the heatsink in place!

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Thorough answer +

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The only thing I would say about the "accepted" answer is that he recommends too much thermal compound, you should only use about as much as a single grain of rice as the compound will spread out evenly with the heat from the chip. I used to use a VERY thin layer over the entire chip, but Intel and all other chip makers, as well as almost all of the top tech help sites, say that this was not recommended anymore. Otherwise his answer is very well detailed and explained.

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I've used contact cleaner and pencil erasers, seems to work very well.

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You seem to forget the single most important thing to do while working with these types of electronic devices...STAY GROUNDED!!

The very first thing a person MUST do before touching a single thing is to wear an anti-static wrist strap and connect it to a metal part of the machine you're working on.

Static discharge is the NUMBER 1 killer of electronic parts! Even after you've removed your graphics card from the machine, STAY GROUNDED, and stay that way throughout the entire process.

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Be carefull not to use cloth / material that will leave residue or oil ( the human fingers)to clean the thermal paste from the chips / heatsink..

Surgical spirits work well to clean the chips.. the purer the better..

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'How to cleaning a graphic card?'

Cleaning a computer graphics card is a very fragile process that you must take seriously.

Steps on how to clean graphic card:

~Turn off your computer. Before opening your case and attempting to clean any parts, make sure the computer is completely powered off. Shut down the computer and unplug the power cable that goes from the wall to the computer.

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