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CPU thermo paste

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  1. ftgml

    ftgml Thread Starter

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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?

    Thanks
     
  2. bigbear

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    That is the the thermal pad attached to the heat sink
     
  3. fairnooks

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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.
     
  5. win2kpro

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    Here are pics of the two types of thermal pads used on standard Intel coolers.
     

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    Some heat sinks come with a graphite compound that is grey and very soft.
     
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