Cleaning a GPU

13ilbo

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Hello!

My computer has begun to freeze a lot during gaming and gives pretty high temperature warnings.
It did once before and then i cleaned the GPU and it went away.

Anyway, I was wondering what the actual correct way of doing this is.
The last time i did it i took the GPU out, removed heatsink/fan, cleaned heatsink/gpu with alcohol and applied new thermal paste. Used compressed air to get all dust out.
But I didnt realize that applying new thermal pads was necassary, or is it anyway?

Basically when cleaning a GPU what is the correct way of doing it and is applying new thermal pads as important as thermal paste?
 

13ilbo

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So pretty much I can leave the old pads on the memory but apply new paste on the actual gpu?
 
Thermal Pads are the same thing as paste tubes, they are just pre-formed. Bit like buying pre-made burgers instead of just ground beef. You can get better quality thermal paste though, the pads are a bit un-known what brand is used.