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Is it safe to use a new thermal paste on my stock heatsink?

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Would it be okay to remove my current heatsink and clean off the thermal paste and add Arctic Silver 5 and put it back on? My current heatsink is a stock AMD heatsink (I know, I know, I will get a new one soon).

Also, does anyone know how to apply Arctic Silver 5? I heard the application method is different.
post #2 of 9
Yes, although it probably won't help much for temperatures. I always use either the dot or line method. I've been finding recently the dot method seems to work a bit better - put a dot of thermal paste in the center of the processor about pea sized and then apply the heatsink, with pressure it will spread.
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Yes, although it probably won't help much for temperatures. I always use either the dot or line method. I've been finding recently the dot method seems to work a bit better - put a dot of thermal paste in the center of the processor about pea sized and then apply the heatsink, with pressure it will spread.
So it is not like those white compounds where you need to rub it into the processor?
post #4 of 9
Dot method works as mentioned above. I personally dab some on and spread it with a finger in a plastic bag. Works for me and I am happy with it, but it really doesn't matter, just make sure you take the old stuff off.
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see application method in my sig.
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So it is not like those white compounds where you need to rub it into the processor?
Put a rice-grain size of the TIM and mount the HSF on. You don't have to spread it on the CPU.
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post #7 of 9
http://www.arcticsilver.com/methods.html

Pick you cpu and it will show you how to use it on your chip.
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Thanks for the help
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Artic Silver has a video on its website. Check it out if your confused. And there are numerous video on utube. I watched them all and still did it wrong....
    
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