Delid and apply Liquid Metal guide for Intel CPU’s

Delidding your CPU can be a great way to improve its effeciency and and improve its ability to get heat away from the die. A CPU is only as good as its temperature and depending on your CPU it will throttle at higher temperatures to try to protect itself from over heating and causing damage. When you connect your cooler to your CPU thats really only half the story because no matter what thermal paste you put between your IHS (lid of CPU) and your cooler you will limited by the amount of heat that can be tranfered to the IHS from the Die (The main chip) by the compound between these surfaces.

In most Intel desktop CPU’s you will find an average at best thermal paste between the Die and IHS so this can be very limiting if you are trying to push your CPU to higher limits perhaps with overclocking, gaming or rendering. In my own experience, I have an intel 7700K overclocked to 5Ghz and though I have water cooling and 2x 360 radiators I could never get my temperatures stable until I decided the CPU and replaced the thermal compound with liquid metal, not only are the temperatures more stable the CPU runs at approx 15 degrees cooler.

However, Delidding definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s a very dangerous task and in the worse case, you could destroy your CPU and will definitely void any warranty you have. You cannot rush it and you CPU will be out of action for 24hrs while you let the silicone dry so keep these things in mind.

I’m suggesting liquid metal as our heat transfer compound because it will give the greatest amount of thermal transfer compared to pastes, however, liquid metal as you would expect is conductive and so you do run extra risks by using it of shorting components. I will show you how to combat this in the video but it is always a risk. Liquid metal will also react with Aluminum so if your IHS is Aluminium use something else. If the risk of liquid metal is too great for you you could use the exact same process with thermal paste, without the need to spread it atop the Die and IHS.


Before we start your going to need the following:

• Delid tool (
• IPA Alcohol (
• Microfiber cloth
• Liquid Metal (Thermal Grizzly Conductonaught) (
• Silicone adhesive (High temperature) (
• Non-conducting Nail Varnish (Clear) (

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Retrieving Photos and Data from Android phone with a broken screen

After multiple broken screens in the past personally and friends and family, I wanted to share this trick for getting your data back off of a broken Android phone. In this example, I use a USB-C to HDMI and Hub.

We connect the Hub to the phone and then connect via HDMI to a monitor and also connect a keyboard (and mouse optional). Then we power on the phone and press the space twice if you could see the screen now you would be looking at the enter PIN screen. Type your PIN and then you should see your screen on the monitor, from here you can use the keyboard or mouse to navigate the phone. The easiest place to go from here is to settings and then create a could backup of the phone on with google that you can retrieve on a new phone. Otherwise, you could enable USB Debugging, with some tools you could then plug the phone into a computer and download your files without having to unlock the phone and give the USB permission.

If you’re wondering why you cannot see the enter PIN page on your monitor, its a security feature. If you were, for example, projecting your display to a room of people and you turned the screen on and typed your PIN, anyone seeing the screen could see your keypresses and by that your PIN, so for safety that screen never shows on a monitor.

I’ve tested this on multiple Android phones including Huawei, OnePlus and Samsung and has always worked. The other benefit of the USB to HDMI hub is you can always use it again on a working phone and have a mini-computer on the go! Especially if the phone has a Desktop mode like my Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

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Repair seized Magicool MC-DCP450 (M) water cooling pump

Hello and welcome to Hoddy’s Guides. A blog dedicated to keeping up to date with the content we produce for YouTube. You’ll find all our video’s here and news about upcoming videos!

Lets begin with our first video:

This was our first ever video, brought about after a pump failed and we had to buy a new one, with the system back up and running we dismantled the pump to see how easy it would be to repair the Magicool pump. We found it quite a trivial process and wanted to share this information with the world!

With this easy to follow guide you can recover a seized pump, although you could use other cleaning products we also recommend Mayhems BLITZ kit to thoroughly clean the pump:

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