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I have a q6600 and was wondering... i know the cpu stock fan comes with thermal strips - but is it worth putting paste on it as well?

Also... i had my cpu attached in my mobo for like a week - but i have had to RMA the board. Which means the CPU had to be put back in the box. Will the strip dry? will i need to apply more before re-inserting into the new mobo?

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post #2 of 25
take off the old stuff.. then add new

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post #3 of 25
Use one or the other.

I would recommend paste over those strips. Just take some rubbing alcohol and clean the strips off. Then apply a line of thermal paste over the CPU.
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take off the old stuff.. then add new
ive never had to do this before... how is it done effectively without damaging the core.
    
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ive never had to do this before... how is it done effectively without damaging the core.
...what?


The stock heatsink comes with pre-applied thermal paste that can be wiped off.


If you can see your Q6600 cores, you have much more serious problems (or you have X-Ray vision). The cores are under a metal heatspreader.
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Use rubbing alcohol and lint-free paper towels to clean off the the old stuff and apply a tiny bit, like a grain of rice I guess, onto the cpu. Some people tell you to leave it like that and let the heatsink flatten it out and some people say to use a credit card to spread it out in a thin layer. Personally I've done it both ways and didn't see any difference though.
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...what?


The stock heatsink comes with pre-applied thermal paste that can be wiped off.


If you can see your Q6600 cores, you have much more serious problems (or you have X-Ray vision). The cores are under a metal heatspreader.
i know. But having never removed the strips before i didn't know if you had to rub hard to clean it... pushing hard on the heatspreader can crack the cores. Anyway i was just enquiring.

Thanks for the responses!
    
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If you can see your Q6600 cores, you have much more serious problems (or you have X-Ray vision). The cores are under a metal heatspreader.


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i know. But having never removed the strips before i didn't know if you had to rub hard to clean it... pushing hard on the heatspreader can crack the cores.
The strips are on the heatsink, not the CPU. You can't really damage the heatsink by wiping off the strips.
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i know. But having never removed the strips before i didn't know if you had to rub hard to clean it... pushing hard on the heatspreader can crack the cores. Anyway i was just enquiring.

Thanks for the responses!
it will not take that much preasure. Just dont push too hard. The alcohol should take it off with a few LIGHT scrubs. dont worry about damaging it. Have you thought about aftermarket cooling? Your Q6600 has alot of potential here with proper cooling.
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Yeah... Im still pretty noob at building computers. I can build a basic system no problem. But look at some of the pictures on this forum of cooling materials. Tubes ect running around my case - i just wouldn't know where to start
    
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