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Old 05-18-2008, 01:14 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thermal Paste acts like a Layer between your CPU and your Cooler, As5 is good but MX-2 and TX-2 are better (TX-2 being the best amongst those 3)
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tx-2 may be the best but it doesn't offer much more heat transfer then mx-2...
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True but the winning factor of the TX-2 is the price!!

Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease
3.79$ + $5.99

Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease
6.99$ + $5.99
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you arent required to do anything and you wont fry on start up. as far as thermal paste it seems people have different preferences as to whether or not they use it. i personally dont but i wouldnt mind havin some.

cooling your system, especially if you decide to overclock, is never a bad idea
once you start demanding more from your PC you might need to look into it.
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you arent required to do anything and you wont fry on start up. as far as thermal paste it seems people have different preferences as to whether or not they use it. i personally dont but i wouldnt mind havin some.

cooling your system, especially if you decide to overclock, is never a bad idea
once you start demanding more from your PC you might need to look into it.
Are you saying you don't use thermal paste because you should never run your system without it. People may debate which thermal paste is better but there is no question that it is necessary.
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Cyberpower pc's are definitely not the cream of the crop.

They use lower end parts to sell computers with decent graphics cards.

They are notorious for using absolute garbage power supplies unless you pay out the nose to upgrade them
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:44 PM   #28 (permalink)
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So, the stock cooling that comes with the mobo/processor will be enough for stock speeds? I read something about cooling the northbridge, any input on that?

Also, how much BIOS tweaking do you have to do at first to get things to run right, or are the defaults usually fine? I read that this board's BIOS is not for beginners and I would really hate to screw something up.

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