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Posted: 6/3/2008 1:33:19 PM EST
Do I have to put thermal compound on the processor? It doesn't mention it in the install instructions, but I figure I better be safe and ask.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:34:34 PM EST
If you want the CPU to last more than a few seconds or perform to where it was made to, put the goop on.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:35:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/3/2008 1:35:55 PM EST by david_g17]
I have done it on two systems I built. Never had any problems. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use it unless it has a thermal pad attached to the back of the processor.

make sure you don't put too much on the processor.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:39:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/3/2008 1:42:46 PM EST by Thumper45]
Are you using the default intel heatsink or an aftermarket one ?

If its the default heatsink no. It has a thermal pad on it which makes the grease pointless. If its a aftermarket one without a thermalpad then yes.

Tinkering with computers and piracy since 2006

ETA: You now must post pics once you finish the build
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:40:53 PM EST
Are you using the stock Intel heatsink? If so it should have thermal compound pre-applied to it. If you see three gray stripes on the bottom of the heatsink that is the compound and it is gtg.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:49:11 PM EST
Yep I'm using the stock one, and I see the 3 gray stripes of paste now.

Thanks for the responses guys. Off to finish this bugger after I finish my beer
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:49:31 PM EST
yes, use silver5
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:50:00 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:51:09 PM EST
goto the tech forum.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:51:36 PM EST
even on the retail box ones i scrape that crappy pad off and use arctic silver stuff.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:52:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Thumper45:

ETA: You now must post pics once you finish the build


Ha, this is nothing fancy... it's going to be using onboard video for chrissake

I'm just being a good son and building one for my mother. (upgrading from an old p4, this is going to blow her old one away)
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:53:38 PM EST
we all demand pics of the finished product
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 1:55:38 PM EST
If you are not overclocking then the stock heatsink and thermal pad are fine. Install as per instructions.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 4:26:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lucidvizion:
Yep I'm using the stock one, and I see the 3 gray stripes of paste now.

Thanks for the responses guys. Off to finish this bugger after I finish my beer

I hope you spread that around. I'm picturing 3 thin lines. You want complete coverage.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 4:30:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By legonas:
even on the retail box ones i scrape that crappy pad off and use arctic silver stuff.


And +1 on Merrell's post - If you're not overclocking, don't bother.

I've overclocked CPUs for years, the few degrees difference the artic silver will keep the CPU won't mean diddly of you are not overclocking.
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 4:32:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By Det0nate:

Originally Posted By Lucidvizion:
Yep I'm using the stock one, and I see the 3 gray stripes of paste now.

Thanks for the responses guys. Off to finish this bugger after I finish my beer

I hope you spread that around. I'm picturing 3 thin lines. You want complete coverage.


They are not thin lines, and it will spread once clamped down.
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