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post #1 of 16
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Hey guys, just a quick question. I am putting the Cooler Master hyper n520 cooler on my phenom ll 955BE quad core. This cooler comes with thermal paste. Is the stuff that comes with it good? Or Is it recommended to use something different? please help me out and thanks!

EDIT: I've tried searching and have gone though dozens of threads and pages with no avail on the answer I am looking for.
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post #2 of 16
If its all you have, use it.. More than likely its decent TIM.
post #3 of 16
If its all you got like Capwn said then use it. I suggest picking up some Shin Etsu X23. The stuff is great

Just make sure you warm it up alittle bit. I usually put it in a sandwich bag and put the bag in warm water for a couple of mins.
Edited by 4LC4PON3 - 2/8/11 at 8:38pm
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post #4 of 16
it's fine. just alittle hard to work with.
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post #5 of 16
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OK, great. Because I was reading around on how thermal paste can drastically affect CPU temps. And I don't want to mess anything up with this being my first custom build...ya know? And yes the cooler master supplied paste is all I have.

Now am I suppose to clean off and re-apply thermal paste every so often as part of maintanance? How often do I do so? And I also read somewhere about "Burn-in time" Whats that?
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post #6 of 16
Just make sure you go as thin as possible. like Piece of paper thin. what I do is I put like a grain of rice in the center & let the force of the CPU being bolted down apply the paste

It always keeps my temps really low.
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post #7 of 16
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ok, now if I put a little blob on it, and let the cooler spread it for me with the force. If it doesnt get spread "perfectly all around" is that alright? And what would average temps be for this processor stock?
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post #8 of 16
the paste doesnt need to cover the Entire CPU from edge to edge. Its really going to depend on your cooler but with my A70 I can keep alot of CPUs idle at 32ish or lower depending. I had my 955 at around 28c
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post #9 of 16
higher quality thermal paste (shin etsu, as5, mx-2,3, etc etc) will only give a couple degrees lower in temps usually. it varies though, some get good results with better paste, some get no change at all from generic or ones that come with coolers.
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post #10 of 16
There is no way to know you did it properly, without removing the heat sink to look how the paste spread. Or you get high temps and the temps will vary person to person. As we all have different temps depending on where we live. The main thing to worry about is load temps as idle temps means nothing really. Just try it out for a few days and see what you get. Good luck and have fun.
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