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Peentium 4 laptop from Sep 2002: Should I re-apply thermal paste?

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So, I have been very bored today (so bored that I even bothered to read about the Anthropic Principle and the Drake Equation), and then it just dawned to me that maybe my Toshiba Satellite S1950-801 Pentium 4 laptop from Sep 2002 might perform better if I replaced the original CPU thermal compound with Arctic Silver 5?

http://www.overclock.net/g/a/791251/anyone-like-me-still-using-pentium-4/

Pics and CPUZ above^^

It works fine, just that sometimes when I game on it it seems to throttle down. I have no idea what's the temps it's working at, because back then those MOBOS they used didn't have temperature sensors, and the CPU doesn't have any temperature sensors either. (Hardware monitor, Real temp and all other sensor reporting programmes do not work on my laptop> nothing to report).

The laptop is clean inside and free of dust (I cleaned it).

The CPU is a single-core Pentium 4 @ 2.8 GHz, with no hyperthreading. (Single Core, single thread) working at stock. I tried to overclock it using the PLL method, however, it is so old that no "Set FSB" software has got a matching PLL, so it can't be overclocked. (BIOS doesn't have any overclocking options either).

To give you an idea of how good it is, it can even run WOW:Mists of Pandaria at lowest settings with abt 10 FPS average. :-)

It's been a gift from my father, and so I keep it since it's working okay, and I am using it at work (MS Office, Photo Shop, Adobe Acrobat etc).

So, what do you guys think. Is it worth it to re apply thermal paste of just let it be?

Edit: Ofc I am not expecting it to run WoW or any other recent games @60FPS. I typically play 2002-2004 games on it only.
Edited by Arxontas - 2/5/13 at 5:52am
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With old computers; if it's working, just leave it along. 10yrs on a laptop is so far past it's normal life that I wouldn't mess with it unless you absolutely have to.
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I say do it, just be careful, the paste they used to use on those things can be rock hard as super glue. So make sure you heat it up a little before shutting down and trying to remove the heatsink.
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Yep, it's going to be like removing epoxy at this point - all the more reason to replace it. If it seems like it throttles sometimes, it would certainly be worth doing.
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