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Hey fellas, I couldn't find anything about what I'm willing to try in previous threads so here goes.

My current rig with my Phenom II 955 BE at stock 3.2 Ghz, with stock heatsink, runs about 42C idle and has even hit 72C on prime95 100% load. This is running in my antec 300 with ALL 4 fans running on highest. One thing i noticed a long time ago when i first got my Phenom II and its heatsink, there seemed to be a pretty thick preapplied thermal paste underneath it. Almost looked 2-3 thick , but I figured, they must ship it like this for a reason.

But from recent discussion here, I've noticed these temps aren't right, I mean it never crashes or shuts down the whole computer, but I feel like i should be getting lower temps.


The crazy idea:

Looking at tutorials on how to remove thermal paste in order to make way for new thermal paste, I was wondering if using the same method to sort of dilute this really thick layer under the heatsink to get the TIM thinner and closer to my heatsink and possibly improve temps.

What say you?
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post #2 of 13
I would just reapply the paste.What you are suggesting will contaminate the paste much like leaving a fingerprint on the heat sink would.
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I say no? Just go out, buy some new thermal paste (or get a decent cooler) and put a nice pea drop size of thermal paste on it, it will give you a nice thin, even coating. By trying to "dilute" it, you're adding foreign elements that will potentially short circuit and damage your processor / motherboard, or damage the effective thermal transfer of the paste.
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not a good idea!!! acetone or alcohol mixed with paste could potentially catch on fire. i wouldnt do ti anyways
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post #5 of 13
UMM... You cant really dilute thermal paste. What you can do is take hot water and put the tube of thermal paste and put it under the hot water to make it easier to use and give you a better viscosity. Although make sure that the actual thermal paste doesnt make contact with the water. Just the outside of the syringe. You could also use less tim. You only need a pea sized drop.
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Gotcha, I think this answers my question. Thanx fellas. But another thing, would you guys agree that the TIM is meant to fill the gaps between the heatsink and the CPU, and not be as thick as i described above right?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Boinz View Post
Gotcha, I think this answers my question. Thanx fellas. But another thing, would you guys agree that the TIM is meant to fill the gaps between the heatsink and the CPU, and not be as thick as i described above right?
Correct, too much TIM will negatively affect temps by acting as an insulator
post #8 of 13
it should be a paper thin even coat with no air bubbles etc.
    
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Just go get some mx-4. You will be glad you did!
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Oh well, it was worth asking, REP FOR EVERYONE.
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