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I just ordered a asus z87 rog hero motherboard and I thermaltake nic c5 cpu cooler to go with my i7 4770k that I will receive on Friday . the thermaltake nic c5 comes with thermal paste but I was wondering if it would be worth it to buy arctic silver 5 thermal paste for $8 ? what is the benefit of using a thermal paste with silver in it ? and will it make a difference in performance ? and if so are there any other brand thermal paste that have silver in it ? what is the name of it and how much does it cost
    
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What a thermal paste is made out of doesn't matter. How it performs does.
There's probably over 50 to choose from.

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Probably not.

There are some diehard fans of different thermal pastes on this forum, but usually if you apply it correctly you're fine.

In my experience, there's a larger problem with improper application than difference in pastes.

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/thermaltake_nic_c5_review,10.html
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Probably not.

There are some diehard fans of different thermal pastes on this forum, but usually if you apply it correctly you're fine.

In my experience, there's a larger problem with improper application than difference in pastes.

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/thermaltake_nic_c5_review,10.html
are you suggesting I use the thermal paste that comes with my cpu cooler and make sure I apply it correctly ? this will be my first time installing a cpu motherboard and cpu cooler . should I apply the paste and spread it around the cpu or just apply a grain of rice size drop in the middle of the cpu and then place the cooler on top of it ?
    
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Quote:
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are you suggesting I use the thermal paste that comes with my cpu cooler and make sure I apply it correctly ? this will be my first time installing a cpu motherboard and cpu cooler . should I apply the paste and spread it around the cpu or just apply a grain of rice size drop in the middle of the cpu and then place the cooler on top of it ?

I'm suggesting you use the thermal paste that comes with the cpu cooler and make sure you install it correctly. If you're curious, most manufacturers will tell you what paste they include with their heatsinks. You could try emailing their support. You might be able to find out what the paste actually is. It's probably TG-2 or TG-3 though http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106119

To install it correctly, I recommend the rice size drop. That's how I've always done it, but I haven't used a 4770K. If there's a more appropriate way to do it on this processor, someone will probably chime in.
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I'm suggesting you use the thermal paste that comes with the cpu cooler and make sure you install it correctly. If you're curious, most manufacturers will tell you what paste they include with their heatsinks. You could try emailing their support. You might be able to find out what the paste actually is. It's probably TG-2 or TG-3 though http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106119

To install it correctly, I recommend the rice size drop. That's how I've always done it, but I haven't used a 4770K. If there's a more appropriate way to do it on this processor, someone will probably chime in.
should I install the cpu and cpu cooler before mounting the motherboard to the case ?
    
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I usually recommend this. Occasionally you will have a motherboard tray with an exposed back so you don't have to, but most of the time you need to install the cpu and cooler before putting the motherboard in. And it's often convenient to put the memory in too.

If you're this inexperienced, make sure you watch some videos or read some guides before digging in.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by orndorf77 View Post

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Originally Posted by avesdude View Post

I'm suggesting you use the thermal paste that comes with the cpu cooler and make sure you install it correctly. If you're curious, most manufacturers will tell you what paste they include with their heatsinks. You could try emailing their support. You might be able to find out what the paste actually is. It's probably TG-2 or TG-3 though http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106119

To install it correctly, I recommend the rice size drop. That's how I've always done it, but I haven't used a 4770K. If there's a more appropriate way to do it on this processor, someone will probably chime in.
should I install the cpu and cpu cooler before mounting the motherboard to the case ?

Yes as it it makes things so much easier plus you can test everything works before mounting in the case
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diamond thermal paste has yet to let me down smile.gif.

EDIT: hard has heck to clean off though.
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I usually recommend this. Occasionally you will have a motherboard tray with an exposed back so you don't have to, but most of the time you need to install the cpu and cooler before putting the motherboard in. And it's often convenient to put the memory in too.

If you're this inexperienced, make sure you watch some videos or read some guides before digging in.
i installed all components except for a motherboard cpu and cpu cooler i watched videos on you tube on how to do it . i am confident that i can do it . why is it harder then it looks ?
    
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