Is it worth paying 50-75 to have someone reapply the thermal paste on my y570(laptop)?

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  1. kushi100

    kushi100 Notebook Enthusiast

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    My laptop cpu is severely overheating so I wanted to know whether it would be worth paying a really well known computer shop to reapply the thermal paste for me. Another computer shop that I don't know and am not sure if I should trust said they would do it for only twenty. Do you guys think it'd be worth it to go to the expensive shop and haggle a bit?
     
  2. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    >$50 seems a lot of money for $1 of materials plus 1/2 hour of time unless the computer is really challenging to get inside. I suggest you first read this thread to learn a little about the different types of thermal paste and then ask each place what paste they use. If they haven't a clue then go elsewhere. If they do know which paste then they might know how to apply it. I would tend to go to the smaller guy who might even agree that you can watch how it is done.

    You can also ask whether they will give the inside of the computer a good clean as part of the operation. Quite often it is the accumulation of dust and fluff where the fan blows the air through the radiator grille on the heatsink that is a major cause of overheating. However, that's something you should try to check for yourself.

    John
     
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    kushi100 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well, I'll be bringing my own thermal paste(MX-4), but I guess I will ask them those questions. Also, what would be a good price in your opinion?
     
  4. baii

    baii Sone

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    If you have the paste already, may as well just DIY.
    Say it is a hour of work, 20 is fair if they do a adequate job, including some cleaning etc.
     
  5. n=1

    n=1 YEAH SCIENCE!

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    Another vote for DIY. Here's a completely disassembly video.

    Skip to 7:13 to see how to disconnect the fan cable and where the heatsink screws are. I know they did a very total teardown in the video, but just by eyeballing it, it appears that the bottom cover does not get in the way of the heatsink, and you could simply just remove the heatsink and access the CPU without having to tear the whole thing apart like they did in the video.
     
  6. Jarhead

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    $50-$75 is awful for that little work. I'll take a guess and say you're looking at GeekSquad or something? >.<

    It's pretty easy to re-do the thermal paste in most laptops. It would be helpful to know which model laptop you have; maybe there's a step-by-step guide to repasting it online somewhere.

    EDIT: Didn't see that the model was already mentioned!
     
  7. n=1

    n=1 YEAH SCIENCE!

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    He mentioned it's a Y570 in the title, I'm going to assume that's a Lenovo Y570.
     
  8. J.Dre

    J.Dre Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    If you lived near me, I'd do it for a drink or something. :cool:

    Good advice from those guys above. You should just read a tutorial, watch a video, and do it yourself.

     
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  9. Qing Dao

    Qing Dao Notebook Deity

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    You should trust the computer shop that wants to charge you $20 because that is more in line with reality and they are not trying to scam you. Do not trust any computer shop that wants to charge $50-75 for a CPU repaste because they are trying to rip off unsuspecting customers with that kind of price.
     
  10. ajkula66

    ajkula66 Courage and Consequence

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    I'd beg to differ.

    While I'm all for DIY and have swapped CPUs/heatsinks and many other things for free when asked nicely, once you own an actual B&M store a whole another perspective opens up, based on the rent, insurance, workers that have to be paid and so forth.

    In all fairness, charging $70-80/h for labour is the going rate in most of the U.S. with a 30 minute minimum charge...

    My $0.02 only...
     
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