Originally Posted by stfu_donnie7
I never said to reuse the paste. I'm just saying I have in the past used the same processor FAN for other systems. FANs do not require thermal paste to operate. Just space and a certain electrical plug for the mobo. But yes never reuse thermal paste.
Your answer to his question makes it sound like he doesn't need to take the stock fan off the original board when he swaps boards. It's either that, or the question was poorly written.
To be absolutely certain to the OP, when you swap the motherboard out you can reuse the stock CPU cooler but you must place the CPU in the new board, clean the old paste off both the stock cooler AND CPU with a coffee filter or qtips and 91% isopropyl alcohol, and reapply new paste before putting the heatsink on. Old paste dries up rather quickly when air hits it and will not fill the micro crevices like new paste.
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