- Jul 2, 2005
This is the CPU (AMD XP+2500) that I am wanting to change the heatsink on. I have never done this so thought I'd ask a couple beginner's questions.
Looks to me like the original builder slathered on way too much heatsink grease- which I will remove with rubbing alcohol; however I am presuming that only the section currently covered with grease is the only one that needs the new Arctic Silver 5. Is that correct?
Secondly, the new heatsink (Rosewill RCX-Z100R) came with grease that is 7/8" X 7/8" and looks to be the size of the area currently thermal greased AND the five small rectangular "bars" which in the photo are above the currently greased area and the five small rectangular areas below the area currently greased (That is what prompts my question-- should my final grease area include all ten (10) "bars" and the larger area in the middle-- there is currently no thermal grease on the one I removed for those 10 areas- except the center one as you can see). This also goes for the one "bar" at each end of the currently greased area.
One more beginner's question, if I may-- the four round pads (one at each corner area) I am assuming those are there to add stability-- do I just leave them alone and presume they will not interfere with the installation.
OK- one more- with a socket A- would you recommend removing the mother board to install the heatsink- or do it in place? The old heatsink spring clamp was easily dislodged with a screwdriver- but I'm thinking it might be harder putting the new one on.
Thanks for your patience in reading this long series of questions (Rookie here). I wouldn't attempt this except the heat monitor was saying this was heating up to almost 60 degrees C.