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Hi, I've just registered here. I'm not actually planning to overclock (maybe someday), but I have a question regarding thermal paste.

I ordered a bunch of new parts to build a computer off of Newegg, and had to return the motherboard since it was faulty. The stock heatsink had to be removed from the CPU to get it all off. Do I need to apply some new thermal paste, or would it still be "fresh" enough, since it's all brand new?

Thanks!
post #2 of 12
I would apply new thermal paste, something like AS5, since the stock paste isn't that good anyways. It's only a few bucks, and its well worth it.

Almost forgot, welcome to OCN!
Edited by lostmage - 10/2/11 at 12:53pm
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post #3 of 12
AS5 is nice but if you would like a good work horse, AC MX-2 is readily available and a bit better than AS5. If you want the second or third absolute best you can get either Phobya HeGrease or Prolimatech PK-1.

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WELCOME!
just about anything is better than the tim on stock HSF, I have a tube of ceramique and a tube of nh1, I think the nh1 is pretty great... but ceramique works well too.
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I use Spire BlueFrost, and I've heard it compared to MX-2, but I've never found it in a store. I would still rather choose MX-2 or AS5 over it though.
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post #7 of 12
Shin Etsu x23-7783d is very good and very cheap. That's what I would recommend.

And btw AS5 < MX-2 < MX-3 < MX-4. And AS5 isn't very easy to apply and remove.
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post #8 of 12
Yeah, you should reapply your thermal paste.

You don't have to buy anything super expensive if you aren't worried about having the best temps or overclocking.

I would stay away from AS5 just because you aren't familiar with it and things can go bad if you let it touch the metal parts of your motherboard.

Shin-Etsu, anything from Arctic Silver are fine.

Otherwise take a look at the charts from Skineelabs and find what suits your need.

http://skinneelabs.com/2011-tim-results/
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post #9 of 12
Ic-diamond best stuff out there lowered my temps!

stay ways from AS5 it gets nasty after a while.. and takes too long to cure.
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post #10 of 12
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In the end, I ended up getting some Arctic Alumina. I intended to get one of the ones mentioned, but I wasn't actually the one who ordered it, and they ordered this instead.

I cleaned the CPU and heatsink, then applied the new stuff, but now the BIOS are saying the CPU is 87 degrees C. That doesn't sound right. I did it wrong, didn't I?
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