How would I go about taking apart a GTX 460 then applying thermal paste, and will Arctic Silver 5 do the job? (That is what is currently on my CPU. Recently my GTX 460 has been hitting 80C+ in BF3 and Diablo 3. So I want to clean out the dust and reapply the thermal paste. Also can heatsinks by different brands be interchangeably? Like could I take my PNY one and replace it with a EVGA if the fan were to die or something? A tutorial on how to take it apart (such as a video) would be appreciated.
I doubt you'll see more than 1c difference with AS5 unless the thermal paste you have has lost it's thermal bond.
80c isn't hot by graphics standards. I had a 9800GT that idled at 90c.
I took it apart and reapplyed the paste with AS5, your right, there is only a 1C difference. Okay I'll guess I'll just deal with 80c, but the thing is it was at 75c before, how come at max it increase 5c?