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Alright so I just ordered my new Silverstone FT02 case, which means I need to transfer and reseat my heat sink.

I have some OCZ Freeze from 2 years ago and some Arctic Cooler 5 from 2005.

Does Thermal Paste go bad overtime just sitting in the tube or do I need to pick up some new Paste?

Also is the OCZ Freeze still up there for top notch thermal paste?
 
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Now this is if the tube has been opened and USED as once air has been allowed to enter the tube or the end of it... the paste over time inside will not be as effective over time. If the tube was never used, then i say 1 year - 1 1/2 years if stored in room temps.

Yeah some ppl will claim they used it 6 months to a year later, but like anything some paste can be good for that time.
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Thermal paste should still be good as long as it has been properly sealed. Don't know if it's the best but it seems to be pretty good.
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Now this is if the tube has been opened and USED as once air has been allowed to enter the tube or the end of it... the paste over time inside will not be as effective over time. If the tube was never used, then i say 1 year - 1 1/2 years if stored in room temps.

Yeah some ppl will claim they used it 6 months to a year later, but like anything some paste can be good for that time.
Yeah my stuff has just been sitting in a box sealing, like even still in the stupid plastic box with the cap on it, i plan on squeezing some out of the tube before applying the arctic cooler
 
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I would not put this in any of my hardware. lets see, ok you use the thermal paste and its seem to work ok, than you phone ring and you have to go out , you system warning shutdown was off , than you left the house, couple hours later you come back and you system is off, and you room smelling like hell. so what come i your mind at this time? ^%$%&^$%^$& damn it , too late. $5 to $10 buck's save you from $100's$$$$$$$$$$
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Uhhh, who turns off the system warning/embedded shutdown, and leaves the house?
And even old TIM wouldn't magically go THAT bad.
Common Sense people.
And learn YOUR.
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Uhhh, who turns off the system warning/embedded shutdown, and leaves the house?
And even old TIM wouldn't magically go THAT bad.
Common Sense people.
And learn YOUR.
better be safe than lucky
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honestly, if it was capped and properly sealed, i wouldn't worry about using it.

and no one can constantly buy new TIM every several months when you still have some leftover from last time.
    
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honestly, if it was capped and properly sealed, i wouldn't worry about using it.

and no one can constantly buy new TIM every several months when you still have some leftover from last time.
Yeah thats pretty much what i thought, the ocz freeze is a bloody paste any ways so it proboably works fine
 
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