XBOX 360 Revival

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Broken XBOX from eBay: $130 shipped
Power supply and HD A/V cable from eBay: $70 shipped
Thermal compound and solution: $20 shipped

Step 1: Make a mess

Cluttered desk

Disassembled computer

Step 2: Energize

Rockstar Energy Drink

Step 3: Disassemble

XBOX 360 shell

The 360 Motherboard

XBOX 360 motherboard

Microsoft's shitty thermal job

Keep in mind, I removed thermal goo for about 10 minutes before I decided to take pictures

GPU

XBOX 360 GPU

CPU

XBOX 360 CPU

Heatsinks

XBOX 360 heatsinks

Step 4: Clean

L33t goo-removing tool thanks to Calvin and 2 drunken nights at UWM

Plastic card

Needle-nose pliers

Arctic Silver has arrived!

Arctic Silver 5

Permanent burns in the copper from the overheating CPU

Copper heatsink

All Cleaned Up

XBOX 360 GPU

XBOX 360 CPU

Step 5: Heat

Motherboard was then heated around the GPU area with a heat gun set at 700°F. Then at 1050°F. Then back down to 750°F

Step 6: Apply Thermal Paste

All G'ed Up

Thermal paste applied

Step 7: Reassemble

Heatsinks and fan shroud reassembled

Step 8: Play

Crackdown @ 720p

XBOX 360 playing Crackdown game

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