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Does the preapplied thermal paste on stock amd coolers go bad?

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So when i bought my phenom II 965 about 3 years ago i never used the stock cooler for it i immedietly switched to a zalman air cooler. i left the stock one in the box, but the preapplied thermal paste isnt air sealed it just has a plastic gaurd over it.

the reason i ask is i bought new components for a new rig, but theres a chance i will have to use my current cpu to flash the bios if it wont boot up. i will only have 1 tube of artic silver which im not sure how many applications it can do. and wanted to use the stock cooler to check the mobo with the phenom II to check the bios version before installing the 8350 and antec cooler i purchased.

just need to know if the stock cooler with its preapplied paste that is three years old is safe to use, as i am using the other cpu to build a gaming pc for somone local that cannot afford one.



thanks in advance

Sage
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They do dry out i have seen this. But you can still use it. You could always apply AS5 in the future if the temps dont meet your standards.thumb.gif

My current CPU has no thermal paste on it at all with the stock cooler and while on the net and listening to music im only hitting 26c on all 4 cores
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One tube of AS is good for plenty of applications. You only use a very small amount of thermal paste.

With that said, thermal paste can go bad over time, but it is usually caused by heat stress, not exposure to air.
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greatly appreciate your responses.

Like i said at most this cooler will only be on it for roughly 1-2 hours at mostas once i update the bios the 8350 chip is going in.

i have been told that even if the bios doesnt recognize the chip as long as the socket is correct it should still boot up as a "Unkown Proccessor"

that being said the new cpu comes with a stock cooler so it might be beneficial to just slap it in with that and see what happens...

any thoughts?
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