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Help with aftermarket cooler requested (thermal paste & heatsinks)

Last response: in Overclocking
September 24, 2011 1:50:17 PM

Since I bought my new PC I've been sorely disappointed in the noise generation by my graphics card. I asked some advice here on how to fix it and came to the conclusion I should buy an after market cooler, so I bought the Accelero Xtreme Plus II by Arctic Cooling (
I am currently in the process of assembling it all, after I disassembled my current XFX Radeon 6970 card. I however have never replaced thermal glue or even heatsinks in general, so I'm unsure where I should apply the glue and how much, and which type of heatsink to utilise.

Here's a picture of the bare card, and what I presume I should put glue and heatsinks on:
In detail (somewhat):
The voltage regulators are still covered by the thermal stroke.

Here's the available heatsinks:
The square heatsinks are obviously for the RAM, so I presume the long small ones are for the voltage regulators, which leaves me to pick one for the small chip in the top left (I guess a smaller long-stretched one?).

Any tips regarding cleaning the thermal paste (shop just told me to wipe it off with a piece of cloth) and the amount of thermal paste to apply is always welcome.

Thanks for the help

P.S. I'm sorry about the shoddy picture quality, a really old digital camera was used =/

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a b K Overclocking
September 24, 2011 6:26:22 PM

any chip that comes into contact with a heat sink should have goop on it. at the factory they use adhesive heat pads witch add some high to the chips. this may cause contact issues if you replace them with pure goop but thats for you to check. for removing goop i use some alcohol and a cloth.

when applying goop put a few small dabs on the chip and take a credit card and spread the goop out evenly. there will be many videos and such around that show these HUGE globs of compound piled on the chips... do NOT do this, it will make things worse. just get a clean, thin, even spreading of goop on every part of the chip. if you miss a corner then the chip will develop a 'hot spot' this will lead to inconsistent errors and become very annoying.

edit: also when screwing down the heat sink be sure to apply even force, just like you do when putting on a car tire. screw down the upper left screw, then lower right (just finger tight), then upper right and lower left. then go back and in that same order tighten them all down.