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post #1 of 21
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Hi, this is my first build, and im afraid of screwing up.....I just got my CPU and I've been reading the installation instructions......
it says..."Thermal interface material is required for all AMD processors."....I was afraid of this, So I bought "arctic silver 5"...but I noticed that the heatsink has something there already...is that enough? there was no other compound in the CPU box....do I need the arctic silver, or is the stuff under the heatsink enough? I would appreciate anyone with comments.
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post #2 of 21
The stuff on the heatsink is not as good as AS5. But for no overclocking it is great. But if you are going to overclock remove the old paste or compound with a paper towel of some sort then clean after that with pure alcahol. Dry that out and put a very small amout of AS5 on the cpu, like a little BB. The paste is just a sealant so no air can get inbetween the heatsink and CPU. Spread that out evenly and then seat the heatsink.
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post #3 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by mycomputersucks
The stuff on the heatsink is not as good as AS5. But for no overclocking it is great. But if you are going to overclock remove the old paste or compound with a paper towel of some sort then clean after that with pure alcahol. Dry that out and put a very small amout of AS5 on the cpu, like a little BB. The paste is just a sealant so no air can get inbetween the heatsink and CPU. Spread that out evenly and then seat the heatsink.
The paste isnt a sealant, it is a conductor, it will fill in any small gaps in the metal of either the heatspreader on the CPU and on the base of the heatsink and will conduct better than just bare contact.
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post #4 of 21
you need to put more on now, becuase you oxidized the old stuff...
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post #5 of 21
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I just downloaded 8 pages on how to install this paste from arcticsilver.com, they make it sound so complicated.....
so basically I just needed to know if I could mix them....doesnt seem like it...and it sounds like the stuff on the heatsink is just fine...so being my first build, why mess with it? I think I'l keep the AS5 around if I decide to upgrade soon.

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you need to put more on now, becuase you oxidized the old stuff...
I havnt opened it yet...its covered with a clear plastic.
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post #6 of 21
Do not mix them. Just remove the old stuff and apply the AS5 it's very simple, just put a small amount on and take a toothpick or a credit card or somthing and just spread it out evenly and put the heatsink on.
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by mycomputersucks
Do not mix them. Just remove the old stuff and apply the AS5 it's very simple, just put a small amount on and take a toothpick or a credit card or somthing and just spread it out evenly and put the heatsink on.
Im reading the 8 pages....i guess its not as complicated as "8 pages" sound.
I think I'l try it. Is a compound that "glues" and dries better than one that stays greasy like this one?
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post #8 of 21
Use the AS5, ditch the other crap. Why would something that dries be better as a thermal compound? That logic in itself should be enough to convince you.
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post #9 of 21
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Use the AS5, ditch the other crap. Why would something that dries be better as a thermal compound? That logic in itself should be enough to convince you.

im guessing the stuff on the heatsink now, dries up and glues to the CPU....is that what your're saying?
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post #10 of 21
You must remove the plastic cover which protects the thermal stuff on the HFS (Fan Heat Sink).

The stuff won't glue the heat sink to the processor. AS5 on the other hand tends to stick a lot after prolonged use and can be a bit of a pain.
    
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