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Do I Need Thermal Compound?

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Ok, so my problem is this. I just received my i7-2600k and I have to use the stock cooler for the time being. The problem is I think I left the heatsink out too long and now the thermal compound is dried and like a rock, it will not spread across the cpu and upon turning on the computer it instantly overheats to 80C+.
So I have to ask, if I clean off the cpu and heatsink, do I need to use thermal compound?
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post #2 of 6
If it's dried up, then yes.

OR if you were asking if you need it at all, then YES.
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I would have done it. No point taking chances. Thankfully TIM is cheap

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Always.
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post #5 of 6
Hell yeah...
post #6 of 6
u dont need a TIM just use chunky peanut butter...
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