Thermal paste?

Zakter

Weaksauce
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Dec 10, 2007
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Do I need to buy Thermal paste with a retail cpu/fan? (core 2 duo e8400) No overclocking will be required.
 

rhoel

Limp Gawd
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Jun 20, 2004
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They have some already preapplied to the heatsink, so you don't need to.
 

Domllama

Gawd
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May 29, 2007
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yah most will come preapplied..I would definately remove this (with rubbing alcohol and Qtips) and apply a better heat conductor..like Artic Silver 5
 

enginurd

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The thermal paste that comes with Intel Retail HSFs is good enough if you're using the Retail HSF. They've greatly improved their TIM since the Prescott days. Intel hasn't used thermal pads since pre-Prescott.

If you're using an aftermarket HSF, go with AS5 or Arctic Cooling MX-2.
 
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