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Old January 16, 2008, 06:16 PM
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Question anyone mod a cpu cooler with exposed heatpipes?

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newbie member - found this forum through NXSource since i bought some fans and a cpu cooler there just a few days ago.

i was thinking - some coolers have exposed heatpipes in the base, so that they contact the cpu directly. the ocz vendetta that i ordered has it. has anyone tried to fill in those small gaps between the pipes and the aluminum block with some kind of solder to get that extra bit of contact area?

i want to try that when i get the cooler in my hands, and i'll then have to spend some time to smooth out the surface - but if someone's tried it before, can you point me to their results?

thanks!
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Old January 18, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Thermal compound will fill the gap enough.
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Thermal compound will fill the gap enough.
Dude....have you seen these heatsink bottoms? You might need two tubes to fill those gaps...I think it is a great idea! I wonder what he's gonna use though...
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Old January 18, 2008, 11:41 AM
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Dude....have you seen these heatsink bottoms? You might need two tubes to fill those gaps...I think it is a great idea! I wonder what he's gonna use though...
The OCZ coolers have failed to impress to say the least.

I ebayed a thermaltake cooler a few years ago and when I got it, the bottom had a huge gash. I soldered the gash and did a light lap job to level it out.

Your best bet is solder the bottom enough to fill the gaps, polish it flat, and use a regular amount of thermal compound.

Solder conducts extremely well.
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Old January 18, 2008, 11:52 AM
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hi guys!

newbie member - found this forum through NXSource since i bought some fans and a cpu cooler there just a few days ago.

i was thinking - some coolers have exposed heatpipes in the base, so that they contact the cpu directly. the ocz vendetta that i ordered has it. has anyone tried to fill in those small gaps between the pipes and the aluminum block with some kind of solder to get that extra bit of contact area?

i want to try that when i get the cooler in my hands, and i'll then have to spend some time to smooth out the surface - but if someone's tried it before, can you point me to their results?

thanks!
Doing this is a complete waste of time and you might as well buy a TRUE or something of the nature.
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Old January 18, 2008, 01:09 PM
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i was thinking of using tin-silver solder (95/5 or 96/4 i think), since it ought to be 1/4 as good as copper and 10 to 15 times as good as thermal goop. i picked this cooler cuz it was cheap enough, and it's not going to see any overclocking for quite a while so the solder-filling job would just be something interesting to try. but yeah, fill with solder and then polish it smooth and even. i already have the sandpaper and other stuff from other completely unrelated projects, so my net expense would be next to nil.
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You can try it but I wouldnt expect any crazy results. Could make it worse TBH.
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Old January 18, 2008, 01:27 PM
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solder the cpu to the heatsink


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