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I think my TIM's been on the CPU for about a year.

Tomorrow I'm going to reinstall my OS (Win 7), improve the cable routing (putting a lot of it behind the mobo), move the sound card to a different slot and generally do some spring cleaning.

I haven't noticed an increase in temps although there might be a degree or three increase.

I cleaned out a friends Dell recently and the 5-6 year old TIM had turned to dust. Does it deteriorate over time?

I used Arctic something paste.

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post #2 of 17
I don't think it need's replaceing very often, I will sonn be replaceing my TiM on my CPU, even though it's like 3 months old now
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I only replace TIM if I have to take off my waterblock for whatever reason. lol
     
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post #4 of 17
You won't need to change it every year. You would have to have it on there a seriously long time before it loses it's effect.
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post #5 of 17
Unless you are seeing some large temp increases I wouldn't worry about it, but i would say once a year/every other year?
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post #6 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crooksy View Post
You won't need to change it every year. You would have to have it on there a seriously long time before it loses it's effect.
Like the First post from the OP? when it goes to dust? lol

My old Pentium 4 TiM was like..... sand and crusty
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Quote:
Originally Posted by makecoldplayhistory View Post
I used Arctic something paste.

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Artic silver 5?

two times a year really.

After Six months your load temps increase a couple degress especially with TIM like artic silver 5 because it dryes out
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post #8 of 17
After 5 - 6 years it would be an idea to reapply. If its good quality TIM your should not require reapplying for a couple of years or more.
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by YerMother View Post
After 5 - 6 years it would be an idea to reapply. If its good quality TIM your should not require reapplying for a couple of years or more.
This right here. Anyone telling you that it need to be done annually or more often is nuts. If it's remotely decent TIM (heck, look at what HP uses) it'll last for at least 3 years.
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This right here. Anyone telling you that it need to be done annually or more often is nuts. If it's remotely decent TIM (heck, look at what HP uses) it'll last for at least 3 years.
yea but from day one to year 3 you might see some 15*°C increase atleast..
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