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Old 01-09-2007, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm replacing my motherboard and just want some general advice. I've put new CPUs into new motherboards, but never a used one. Should I put new thermal gel on? Do I need to scrap off all the old stuff?

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Old 01-09-2007, 07:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll need to scrape all the old thermal grease off and apply new one. I use rubbing alcohol and a credit card w/ a lint free cloth to rmove it.

Artic Silver 5 is one of best grease to use.

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Don't scrape it, just wipe it off. If you scratch the surface, you will be dramatically reducing the cooling efficiency. Use take a coffee filter (or any other line-free cloth) and get some rubbing alcohol on it, then just go to town. It comes off very easily.

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