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I just took off my heat sink from my processor, and not having any other thermal paste on hand (Best Buy closed 20 min ago -_-), could I just put my fan back on temporarily until tomorrow (either with or without the used thermal paste)? Or am I going to break something?
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post #2 of 17
I've used a drop or two of ketchup before when I was in a pinch. Yeah, it seriously works.

Also, if you happen to have a Radio Shack closeby, they'll be more likely to have some decent grease. They usually carry Arctic Silver 5, which is certainly better than Best Buy junk.
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post #3 of 17
Do you have a program to monitor your temps? (coretemp, realtemp...) If so, keep an eye on them and run the chip at stock, i.e. no OC. If you start hitting above 55+ and it still climbs, you might just want to wait to run your comp. till tomorrow.
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post #4 of 17
Uh, you probably should just leave the fan off. It won't be very effective as a cooler if you don't have enough thermal paste.

Just wait until tomorrow.
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You could do it, but I'd be careful and keep a close eye on your temps. Definitely don't leave your rig running unattended until you get it done properly.
     
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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
I've used a drop or two of ketchup before when I was in a pinch. Yeah, it seriously works.

Also, if you happen to have a Radio Shack closeby, they'll be more likely to have some decent grease. They usually carry Arctic Silver 5, which is certainly better than Best Buy junk.
Well if Best Buy is closed I know Radio Shack is closed. They close as the sun goes down I believe. But seriously you will be fine till tomorrow. As long as the surfaces arent visibily uneven. Remember all TIM does is help transfer heat from the cpu IHS to the heat sink, if both surfaces are very flat as it is, very little TIM is needed.
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NO Ocing. Fine for web browsing, etc. Just monitor temps.
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post #8 of 17
You can also use toothpaste and a good ol slice of american cheese. I'm not kidding, apparently they work as thermal conductors albeit rather poorly.
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post #9 of 17
You could, but lower everything to stock in the meantime and make damned sure you disable Turbo Core; it'll raise the voltage when it raises the clocks.
Edited by returned4good - 4/25/11 at 9:30pm
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All I want to do is run some WC3 and potentially some music in the background, I'll run my temp monitoring program and just be careful with it. One more question though, best thing to remove the old thermal paste? Rubbing alcohol+cotton ball?
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