Changing processor

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Orinoco

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Greetings folks,

I'm looking to change my processor from an AMD Athlon 64 3500+ to an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+ (Socket 939). I don't intend to change from the current cooling arrangement, but am not sure about the thermal compound. When changing the processor, will I need to get and apply new thermal compound?
 

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Yes you'll need to replace the thermal compound. Arctic Silver is good stuff.
 
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1. to put a heatsink on a new CPU, yes you need thermal paste or tape
2. will your MB support the new 2core CPU or will you have to buy a new MB
3. if you're going to buy something why not an extra gig of mem for what you have now?
 

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CouchMaster said:
1. to put a heatsink on a new CPU, yes you need thermal paste or tape
2. will your MB support the new 2core CPU or will you have to buy a new MB
3. if you're going to buy something why not an extra gig of mem for what you have now?
My machine is running 3GBs of RAM, so no memory upgrade coming. And yes, the MB should run it.

Thanks for the answers, will buy some Arctic Silver now.

EDIT: This is the MB I'm running: http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?l1=3&l2=15&l3=226&model=744&modelmenu=1
 
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use a plastic credit card or simialer to scrape off old transfer compound and finish up with cotton balls and 90% or better alochol, both surfaces need to be as clean as possible before applying new AS5 compound, a very thin layer is all that is required.
 
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