CPU thermo paste

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ftgml

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I am trying to build a PC. The retale box Intel E6400 CPU I bought from eBay had been opened and the thermo paste was not included with the CPU and the Heatsink/fan.
At the bottom of the heatsink, there is some kind of materials sort of printed on the shining smooth surface. ?Should I put the thermo paste onto this surp[hase or do I need to remove the material first?
Also, can I use the thermo paste coming with a third party heat sink/fan?

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You want shiny metal to shiny metal contact between the cpu and heatsink base with just the slightest bit of paste inbetween. If that material is a little sticky and was covered with plastic, that is a manufacturer-applied themal paste layer, no need for more. Most people put on way too much paste, I don't pay much attention to what brand I'm using but you should be fine with just about any thermal paste that is included with a well-known heatsink manufacturer.
 
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If the cooler is a standard Intel cooler with a pre-applied thermal pad, DO NOT add any additional thermal compound.
 
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