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I've taken off a cooler and not replaced the TIM and everything went well, granted the TIM was only on there for about 25 mins before I removed it and placed it back on.

Damn cooler was in the way of the CPU power plug in.
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Originally Posted by Buzzin92 View Post
Just a quick question before i strip my rig down, I'm going to be adding a second fan to my CM hyper 212 and in order to do that i need to remove the cooler. Can i just remove the cooler WITHOUT clearing the previous thermal paste and re install the cooler after.

I understand that its not the best thing to do but i have no spare thermal paste. It will only be for a week or two until i get some thermal paste to replace it with.

Cheers.
You should reapply new TIM. By putting the cooler back on, it will cause air pockets that will compromise performance.
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post #13 of 14
It depends on what TIM your using and how long its been on. If its fully cured and has been on a while replace it as it will develop air pockets. If its only been on a short while and you can respread evenly then you shouldnt have any problems. It kinda depends on how it looks when you pop it off and how you applied it in the first place.
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I've done it now, the previous TIM was AS5 and i had found some coolermaster stuff in my heatsink box. temps seem to have dropped too (maybe the extra fan did it) but yeah.

Thanks again.
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