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When I installed my Q6600, I used the whole tube of thermal paste that came with my heatsink and fan. Is this considered too much, or should I remove the cooling unit and clean some of the paste off to try and maintain lower temp's on my cpu during overclocking?



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WAY too much!!! You only need a a thin flat layer on the cpu!
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I used 4 tubes of AS5 and had to sit on my heatsink to get it to clamp.
Your fine.

Back to reality, 1 tube is WAYYYYY to much for 1 cpu. 1 Tube can handle ~ 20cpus.
RESEAT with ~ a grain of rice sized bead in the center of the cpu.
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What do I use to clean it off, and can I salvage the old thermal paste without having to order more?
    
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Originally Posted by heathmcabee View Post
What do I use to clean it off, and can I salvage the old thermal paste without having to order more?
Use alcohol(something like rubbing alcohol, not beer), or special cleaner.
Yes you will need a new tube, and no you cant reuse paste. Your going to have a BIG mess when you remove your heatsink. Clean any paste that is on the motherboard off.
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holy cack 4 tubes? what, did you put a heatsink on ur monitor as well?

i like to put as small an amount as possible on there as i can, then using a credit/business card to smear it completly across, keeping it extremly thin but not letting any cpu show. a whole tube should last heaps of times.
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on a non lapped Q6600 ive found the best results from the thin line down the middle method.

on lapped a little blob about the size of a grain of rice is perfect.

Ive had the same tube of paste for at least 6 reseats and its still half full
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