ok, quick- whats the best thermal grease?

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Well as far a being better than all the rest I won't say, but I was using the Cheapo brand from Radio Shack & while it worked good. I switched to Arctic Silver 3 and dropped almost a full 8c off the cpu temp alone. Lost some 3-4c off my video card temps as well.
 

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I've generally had good luck with Artic Silver also, but you do have to be careful with it. It's conductive, and getting sloppy with it might cause you a problem. :)
 
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another vote for artic silver 11.5 degrees over the stuff from the mobo manufactures
 
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I'd say Artic Silver3 is not only good, but just as cheap as generic.

3gm tube of Artic Silver3 runs around $6, does probably in the area of 15-25 installations depending on the installers sloppiness.
Not exact since I bought 2 tubes and am still useing both tubes depending on which is closer to me when I build.

Squeeze a small (1/4 size of a BB) dallop on the sink in the area the CPU will contact, rub it in to fill the microscopic gaps in the sink. Then squeeze another dallop on the CPU's core and smooth to less than paper thin with a razor blade. Mount sink, Wallah.

Most people over do it with both Artic Silver and the Generic paste. Myself included, for at least a few years. The amount I use gets less with every build. All you need is enough to fill in the microscopic gaps.
 

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thanks to all of you for your recommendations.
looks like i need a tube of that!
 
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