|"I do have some thermal compound I'm gonna regunk the gfx & cpu and see if it's a cooling problem perhaps"|
Why would you suspect overheating, have you checked the temps & they're too high? Or is that strictly a guess? Have you ever taken a laptop apart? It's no where near as easy as working on a desktop. And your use of the word "gunk" bothers me. Hopefully you realize the amount of paste that you should be using varies depending on the CPU. Some require just a tiny dab, some use a vertical line, some use a horizontal line. And the paste should NOT be spread. Apply the paste incorrectly & your problems will get even worse. That being said, paste does NOT wear out & if it was applied correctly in the 1st place, never has to be re-done. If you do have an overheating problem, it's because of dirt/dust buildup in the cooling vents. Try a blast of compressed air.