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post #11 of 17
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Thanks all.

I can't remember if it was Arctic 5 or 7.

Don't think I'll bother. I'm one of those people who takes two or three attempts to get the cooler on and without wiggling / sliding it so I clean it and start again.

Thinking about getting a new cooler in the next couple of months (CM V8 looks nice) - think I'll wait 'till then.

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There are two schools of thought.

The OCD School (also my school) If you think you need to replace it, then there is a point where worrying about it is more work than replacing it. If you think it is a big deal, then replace it. Everyone could use practice.

The Practical School - If your temps aren't changing then don't bother. Most people on this forum change their hardware way too frequently to worry about stale TIM. If you upgrade about every 2-3 years I would only chnage it when you install your chip/heatsink.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ktulu View Post
The OCD School (also my school) If you think you need to replace it, then there is a point where worrying about it is more work than replacing it. If you think it is a big deal, then replace it. Everyone could use practice.

The Practical School - If your temps aren't changing then don't bother. Most people on this forum change their hardware way too frequently to worry about stale TIM. If you upgrade about every 2-3 years I would only chnage it when you install your chip/heatsink.
This about nails it, but I suggest you look into the difference between OCD and OCPD. Great article here.
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I only replace TIM if I have to take off my waterblock for whatever reason. lol
Same lol.
   
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post #15 of 17
Some TIMs last, some do not.

I've had some TIMs become ineffective after only weeks or months. I've also seen Ceramique and Shin-Etsu last upwards of 5 years without degradation.
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How are temps? If they are fine, I see no issue.

I'm still running on air until my loop is done, and I used whatever paste came with my VenX, and it's been using that for almost 8 months with no problem, or temperature issues.
    
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Quote:
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This about nails it, but I suggest you look into the difference between OCD and OCPD. Great article here.
hehe thanks man. Its late and all my semantics are going into this research paper I am currently writing. I'll read these later over and over again obsessively
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