Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

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And a ruined cloth. I've always used a paper towel without adverse effect :dunno:
i wouldnt worry about scratching the CPUs surface... its not polished anyway, so it wont matter much. i know a guy though who actually did polish the damn for better conductivity... didn't make that much of a difference though.
 

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I have an iRiver H320 that still works well.
I have two of the H10s. They were refurbished units that I got from Woot and one was used primarily in the car and that battery is bad(constant charging?). The other one was used in and around the house and when I was going to be driving a different vehicle. It spent many an hour riding around on the tractor too. All in all they have served me well, but I think I will grab the decent battery and put it in the one that still works and keep it going for a while and start looking for a new one. Maybe an Xmas present to meself (awww, it is just what I wanted :p ).
 

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i wouldnt worry about scratching the CPUs surface... its not polished anyway, so it wont matter much. i know a guy though who actually did polish the damn for better conductivity... didn't make that much of a difference though.
You still don't want to scratch it and it's easy to scratch using a paper towel.
 

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i wouldnt worry about scratching the CPUs surface... its not polished anyway, so it wont matter much. i know a guy though who actually did polish the damn for better conductivity... didn't make that much of a difference though.
I think this is a somewhat common practice called "lapping" but I'm no expert.
 

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You still don't want to scratch it and it's easy to scratch using a paper towel.
i've always used paper tissues since i don't use paper towels anyway. so i admit, i wouldnt know, but thought those headspreaders would be a bit tougher...

I think this is a somewhat common practice called "lapping" but I'm no expert.
me neither... shitload of pretty annoying work as far as i could make out and his temperatures didnt really drop noticeably, so i didnt follow it further.
 

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I think this is a somewhat common practice called "lapping" but I'm no expert.
Lapping is when you slowly grind down the IHS and the bottom of the heatsink to they're flat, since they are normally a bit out.

i've always used paper tissues since i don't use paper towels anyway. so i admit, i wouldnt know, but thought those headspreaders would be a bit tougher...
So did I, until I scratched mine using paper towels....
 
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Lapping is when you slowly grind down the IHS and the bottom of the heatsink to they're flat, since they are normally a bit out.
that is what i meant by polishing... maybe not a wise choice of words since there is actually quite a bit of material that needs to be taken away, but still...

recently i haven't been too happy with the performance of my scythe mugen 2... i haven't changed anything but somehow my temperatures seem to be higher than they used to be. since i'm lazy i probably wont do anything about it (especially since the mounting procedure is a right pita), but i'd still like to hear whether anyone here has ever seen any real improvement by using better thermal paste?
 

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that is what i meant by polishing... maybe not a wise choice of words since there is actually quite a bit of material that needs to be taken away, but still...

recently i haven't been too happy with the performance of my scythe mugen 2... i haven't changed anything but somehow my temperatures seem to be higher than they used to be. since i'm lazy i probably wont do anything about it (especially since the mounting procedure is a right pita), but i'd still like to hear whether anyone here has ever seen any real improvement by using better thermal paste?
I think it does play a role. Can't wait to get the new cooler, I haven't even played games on it a lot since the 2500k gets stupidly hot with the stock cooler(~65?C in ME2, some higher) and I'm afraid of damaging it. And yes, I know you can't really do that as Intel CPUs throttle themselves down at dangerous temps.
 

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that is what i meant by polishing... maybe not a wise choice of words since there is actually quite a bit of material that needs to be taken away, but still...

recently i haven't been too happy with the performance of my scythe mugen 2... i haven't changed anything but somehow my temperatures seem to be higher than they used to be. since i'm lazy i probably wont do anything about it (especially since the mounting procedure is a right pita), but i'd still like to hear whether anyone here has ever seen any real improvement by using better thermal paste?
Your thermal paste has probably worn away.
 

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So one of my hard drives gave me a bit of a scare today by refusing to work out of the blue. A restart didn't help, but after opening up the box and checking the connections it seems to be up and running again. However, I have a feeling that whatever I did was just a coincidence (The connections didn't feel like they changed even slightly while I was in there), so I've done some backups and I'm looking for a new hard drive to replace two of my aging drives. I'm considering one of these, is it any good?
 

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The Deathstar? I have a whatever model 1GB WD and while it's a bit noisy it's pretty good. I also hear Samsung drives are good. My older desktop has a 8 year old 60GB Seagate that's still going strong and a newer but still old 320GB WD. Similar spec Seagate, $20 more expensive.
Oh, I never heard of that issue with them, but then again I haven't paid much attention to hard drives (Excluding SSDs) for a while now. That Seagate looks pretty good however, and has the exact specs I want.
 

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If I can find a clean soft cloth to clean the thermal paste I'll use it else I'll use some q-tips as I've seen most people use.
 

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