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I got the Red ring of death on my Xbox360. Since it's an old machine I decided to repair it myself with the kit and the guide from iFixit.
I first did the repair as mentioned with the kit and this guide and it worked. Then I did a few research to see if this is a good idea to change the X-clamps with big bolts and washers. The opinions are very mixed but most of youtube repairs I saw made with this kit didn't last long. So I changed my mind and place the X-Clamp back with better thermal paste. Artic Silver 5 is recommended not the white tooth paste from this kit.
First of all, the kit is only half good. I didn't use the bolts, nylon washers. and the thermal paste. I broke the tiny screwdriver while removing the clamps. There's a special tool to remove the X-Clamp but it's not included in the kit. I'm not an expert but here my advice from my research :
1-Keep the clamps. If loose add a metal washers from the kit when you placed it back. Be sure the legs are equally stable on a table. If not, The center of the clamp should at least offset 4 or 5mm.
2-Use Artic Silver 5 Thermal paste. The one in the kit is really cheap.
3-About reflow soldering : Be aware no professional use a heat gun to reflow solders on a processor. The technique seem to work but you also risk to damage everything around since you have no control over it. If you want my opinion : On last resort only. I did it because I didn't want to spend money on my old console. I'm not even sure it worked or if my console really needed a reflow. At your own risk.