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Hey guys, sorry about the dumb post...

so i'm looking at changing cpu-coolers from a mobo i'm not using, and putting it on my current setup (because it's bigger than the one i have currently) but i don't have any thermal paste... but there's a quite liberal amount left on the backup (the heatsink i want to use)... is that sufficient? or... am i asking for trouble?

Thanks in advance... also, not sure if this is the best place to post this :/
    
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Don't reuse it, You can probably get away with doing that temorarily but I'd order some TIMM.

NT-H1 is one of my favorites. MX-2 Is great as well as some others but they are pricey.

NT-H1 cures pretty hard though. You can try MX-4 It's cheap compared to MX-2.
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post #3 of 9
NEVER reuse thermal compound, stock compound is crappy enough then reusing dried out stock paste is just bad. Get AS5 or Ceramique 2 both are very good compounds and are not very expensive. A good thermal connection can make a massive difference. And too much compound can be bad too it can begin to act as a thermal blanket trapping heat in.
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Id go one step further and lower voltages until you have new thermal paste available. The old past will leave gaps and actually trap heat rather than exchange it to the heatsink.
    
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These guys are right. Do NOT reuse Thermal Compound. Newegg is selling Artic Silver 5 (DSP1's recommended TIMM)for $6.99 today HERE.

Remember: Less is more when applying TIMM. The best heat conductor is metal to metal contact. TIMM is meant to only fill in the tiny, tiny spaces between the CPU and the heatsink.

You know you put enough if the application is a transparent single layer of TIMM.
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If you have a radio shack near you, they sell AS5. Or a microcenter has good tim also.
    
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WOW! thanks for all the info, AND the ultra-fast responses!! you guys rock. I'll order some paste straight-away!
    
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Originally Posted by Lunchfist View Post
WOW! thanks for all the info, AND the ultra-fast responses!! you guys rock. I'll order some paste straight-away!
AS5 is cheap and on shell shocker right now. It's pretty good but it's conductive. If you get that, just be careful with it.

I'd get something non conductive, like most of the other aforementioned TIMM's personally. They also cool slightly better.
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I just ran out of the Shin-Etsu G-751 and really liked how it worked on my PHII x3 and its currently on my PHII x6. I wasn't a fan of the 1.0g tube, but I have changed a lot of tim in the past year.
I recently picked up Gelid GC-Extreme 3.5g tube and I think this should last me a bit longer. I have not used it yet but picked it up on recommendation from this forum.
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