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Thermal paste with stock cooler?

post #1 of 7
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Just a quick (possibly stupid question)

Do i usee thermal paste when installing the stock intel heatsink? I thought no because there were thermal pads already installed under the hsf and intel's quick start guide doesnt mention it.

But in the bios its being reported as 88 degrees.

Hate pushpin coolers. I have a 1155 backplate coming soon, just a temporary measure.
post #2 of 7
Your stock cooler already has paste on it, unless you scraped it off. Make sure that the pushpins are clicked in place, seems like they aren't if your CPU is running that warm, unless you have it overclocked. The little pins can be tricky smile.gif
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post #3 of 7
if you just want to use stock HSF, the stuff on it will do. but when you upgrade to a better HSF, its better to pick up a tube of aftermarket paste to get the most out of cooling. so I'd say youre alright for now so long as you dont plan on OC'ing too high.
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post #4 of 7
if there is pre-applied paste then no. If there isn't then yes. I always thought the coolers came a with a pre-applied layer.
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post #5 of 7
FYI-if you go looking there's more than one dismayed user of the Sandybridge stock HSF due to the poor temps.
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post #6 of 7
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Thanks, i wont use any.

It looks more like the thermal pads you get on gpu memory.

I wont be using it with the stock cooler for very long, and i wont be overclocking (please dont hit me, lol)
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Boyboyd;12138319 
Thanks, i wont use any.

It looks more like the thermal pads you get on gpu memory.

I wont be using it with the stock cooler for very long, and i wont be overclocking (please dont hit me, lol)

awww. lame...
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