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Athlon X2 4200, Removing IHS, Replacing TIM

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I have had my first home build for about 6 weeks now. I want to try and reduce temperatures on the rig as much as possible in preparation for trying some overclocking. I presently run at 40C (CPU idle), 44C (CPU after playing Quake4 for an hour), 38C (mobo), 41C (mobo after quake).

From alot of the threads I have read, it seems a big payback is to remove the CPU's IHS and replace the standard thermal interface material with Arctic Silver 5. Would anyone recommend for me to do this? I have an Arctic Cooler Freezer64 with stock TIM. I would replace that with AS5 at the same time.
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Oh yeah, btw... Other ideas would be appreciated too shy of water cooling. Don't think I am that brave.
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It would be alot less risky to buy a Big Typhoon, lap it and strap it on. Removng the IHS can kill a CPU - and we dont want that to happen.
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i'd say the risk of taking off your IHS is quite high if you don't know what you're doing. i'm sure there are others out here that can give you some detailed info on how to go about that.

so let's take a look at some other things that you can do that might lower your temps without having to resort to that first.

how's your airflow? (ie cables not obstructing airflow from the fans)

what fans are you using and what is their orientation (ie 2 front intake, 1 rear exhaust, 1 top exhaust. size, CFM, noise)

ambient room temperature?

how are you measuring your temps? (ie speedfan, mbm5)
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found a recent forum thread regarding the removal of an IHS.

http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/87...s-athlons.html
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