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Should I re-apply Thermal Paste?

post #1 of 9
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Ok, I've had my cooler for a few months now (I think 2ish), and I'm wondering if I should re-apply my paste to get better temps. Here is some stats:

Room Temp- Not sure, maybe 70°F-ish. Speedfan says system is 17°C.

Cooler- Corsair A70

CPU- Intel Quad Q6600 - OC'd to 3.2GHz

Case- Lancool K62, extra 140mm in drive bays.

Paste Application- Single line down the middle heatpipe.

Fan Speed- These temps I am getting are with 50% fan speed on all of my fans (I use a fan controller)

Temps- Idle: 34°C Load: 45°C-50°C (Fan's are 100% when under load)

Paste- Artic Silver 5

Thoughts?
Edited by xTank Jones16x - 10/31/11 at 3:12am
post #2 of 9
it's fine,

there isn't really any need to redo the thermal paste, since we're coming into winter as well I doubt you'll see any difference.

You could probably overclock a bit more though. 3.4 - 3.6 isn't unreasonable.

Comps
post #3 of 9
You could always try, but there is no need for it with those temps

You're safe
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Temps look fine. You can try if you want but next time do the pea sized dot method.
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post #5 of 9
If under load you're around the mid 40s to 50C you're excellent. No need to repaste - you could even try to OC further as these cpus can go to low 60s without problem.
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post #6 of 9
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Thanks for the response guys.

I will OC it a bit more to 3.6, and see how it fairs.
post #7 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by 8564dan View Post
Temps look fine. You can try if you want but next time do the pea sized dot method.
Do you realise how big a pea is?



Also, with his heatsink, line method is the best option
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Do you realise how big a pea is?



Also, with his heatsink, line method is the best option
True so true a pea size is rather overkill and such a waste of thermal paste
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post #9 of 9
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Well I just tried a 3.6GHz OC, and my PC kept restarting.

I toned it down to 3.4GHz, and it's up right now. (x9 multiplier, and voltage is set to automatic. It's 1.400V right now according to CPUZ).

Something I'm doing wrong?



Never mind, will post in the proper forum tomorrow. Heading to bed now.

Thanks again for the info guys.
Edited by xTank Jones16x - 10/31/11 at 5:32am
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