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    I built my GAMING computer about two years ago, and I remember using Thermal paste with my Amd 3500+.

    Am I supposed to reapply the paste? If so how often and which brand do you recommend since I don't have the thermal paste with me anymore.

    Thank you.

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    I wouldnt worry about it, if it isnt freezing or anything. Or overheating.

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    If you have never pulled teh fan off since then, then there is no reason to go near it.

    If you do remove the fan then clean both surfaces with ISO and reapply paste.
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    Arctic Silver 5 is one of the best as well as MX-1 or 2. Ascent.co.nz has AS5 for $16 including shipping
    Last edited by trinsic; 24-10-2007 at 11:21 PM.

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    The standard stuff you get from DSE will be plenty good enough.

    But as mentioned, if you're not experiencing overheating on the CPU then leave it alone.

    But... if you do go and clean the chip and heatsink surfaces and reapply the paste, remember only to use the lightest smear.
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    If you're going to reapply thermal paste I can recommend the Arctic Silver too.

    Also, I sprang for their cleaning solutions (1 & 2) last time I bought AS5 - and haven't regretted it - if only for the nice smell.

    But I agree with Speedy, Greg and Metla - if it works, don't fix it....
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    Default Re: Thermal Paste?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    The standard stuff you get from DSE will be plenty good enough.
    Dans Data(?) did a comparative test of heatsink compounds a while back.
    They all work just the same, no real benefit with the expensive stuff. He even
    tried yogurt(from memory) & that worked OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveroby View Post
    Dans Data(?) did a comparative test of heatsink compounds a while back.
    They all work just the same, no real benefit with the expensive stuff. He even
    tried yogurt(from memory) & that worked OK
    This article is probably what you're thinking of. A few years old but updated recently and still relevant.
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    That's right - Toothpaste Superior To Arctic Silver 3!
    i knew it!

    very good article btw
    When it comes to computers there is a difference to what you need and what you want, the former being less than half the price of the latter.

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    Does anybody have any experience with just plain ol' silicon dielectric paste?


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