Originally Posted by thlnk3r
Lokepup01, if some nickel plating is left over then the surface of the IHS is probably not completely flat. If your cooler has a copper base then there shouldn't be a problem with oxidation. A interesting way to see if your IHS is completely flat is to put a few drops of water on the IHS and then place a piece of glass over it. Look to see how the water is spread out ect. This should give you a good idea.
I hope that makes sense
Good luck buddy
Well right now I have been running this system after the lap and new HS for about 80 hours total. My CPU runs at 34c idle and 49C at full load. (prime 95) With a 200mhz X 18.5 multi., (3.7) and the HS listed below, How does that average? If you guys think that isn't good enough then maybe I will break down and go further with the lapp.
I have the 'go big or go home' perspective on this system so I am ready to do what it takes to get every last drop out of it with air cooling, but not if it really doesn't matter.