Relevent information: Mobo - Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5, CPU - AMD Phenom II 965, HSF - Noctua NH-D14
So hopefully within the next week my last build pieces should arrive and I can finally get started, I'm curious about using IX for a completely fresh start. The installation instructions seem to assume that you already have an OS and a functioning PC in order to perform the reflow right off the bat.
Seeing as I'll be building, that's not exactly true.
Has anyone else had this experience? Seeing as all I'll be doing initially is updating the BIOS, installing the AHCI driver, and then installing the OS, most of me thinks it won't be a problem because that can't possibly be that stressful for the system; even without a proper TIM applied (yet). During which time I can also have all my fans and such running.
However, I don't really know too much about IX so I'm concerned about leaving it under the HSF that long without performing the reflow. I can't think of any good reason it would be a problem, but erring on the side of caution here and looking for input.
Another option would be to just temporarily use another TIM until a functional system is in place and then go about my business.
Also one more question, the page for the CPU Burn program Enerdyne (IX manufacturer) recommends seems to be unavailable. For purposes of (ideally) solely increasing CPU temps, what other programs would be good substitutes? Prime95 and IBT/Linpack/Linx came to mind, but I'm not too familiar with any of them. Thanks in advance
tl;dr - Any problems with having an 'unflowed' Indigo Xtreme in place for the duration of the OS install and then performing the reflow afterwards?