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Which thermal paste is better for watercooling, NT-H1 or the stuff that comes in a kit?

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I have some Noctua NT-H1 and some unbranded white stuff that came in a RX240 cooling kit. I also have some Cooler Master thermal paste that came with a heatsink. Which would be best for watercooling my i5 2500k? Using heatkiller waterblock if that makes any difference
    
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Use the Noctua, it seems to be your best option.
Just keep in mind it's not the best of the best, but the best of the choices you have.

There's a good review here: http://skinneelabs.com/icp-nth1-oczfreeze/
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Noctua NT-H1 is a legitimately very good thermal compound. Not quite great, but very good. On the average, it’s just 1C behind Prolimatech PK-1 and over .75C ahead of MX-2. With Moderate Contact, it’s similar to MX-2, but with both better and worse contact it does separate from MX-2 for the better. With Poor Contact, it was the best paste we’ve tested to date. I think there’s nearly 10 mounts of paste in each syringe, which is decent. At $8-10, it isn’t the best value and should be considered a backup to PK-1 or an included alternative, at best.
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Dell U2713hm  Microsoft POS SilverStone SFX 450w-G Custom 
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From the three TIMs that you have atm, Noctua. Though, not the best out there but still the best among the three.

My personal favorites: Phobya and Arctic MX-4. Cheap and easy to apply.
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