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Old 02-25-2011, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I just ordered a new CPU for my PC to upgrade it for some games coming out soon. After I placed the order I saw an ad for Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste and it got me to thinking, do I need thermal paste for my new CPU? I have a liquid cooling system in my PC already and i was wondering if I needed or didn't need the paste for it.
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assuming its fairly recent technology, yes you do.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Simple answer is yes.... Thermal compunds fill in microscopic gaps in the surface of your processor and heatsink/waterblock and help the transfer of heat from one to another. If you do not use thermal compound the microscopic gaps will hold air which will act like a thermal insulator.
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alright thanks guys. ill order some thermal paste right away
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While you may need some thermal paste as advised, you should most definitely not buy Arctic Silver 5.

Here's a link to the Thermal Paste Review we did, Thermal Paste Showdown.

I highly recommend Tuniq TX-2

Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
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wow, thanks man. definitely helps out a lot placing my order now
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