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Old 03-31-2012, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As I am sure you are aware thermal compounds are insane expensive. For just about a squirt or 2, there gores $5-12 bucks. I could probably sneeze more then they put into one of those little tubes. For us builders I'd like to find 1. Something cheaper or whole sale and 2. If there are any home made concoctions I could conjure up which would meet or exceed regular thermal compound.
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No "home made" methods will work. You can buy huge jars of low end thermal paste, but it's not recommended for newer processors because the heat needs to xfer faster than in the old days. Anymore manufactures use heatsinks/paste supplied by the processor manufactures.
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This isn't cheap? Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

And if you use the paste correctly, all you need is a very small dab. About the size of a grain of rice. One tube could easily last you 10 applications.
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And you must never ever use thermal paste in your mouse!
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This isn't cheap? Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

And if you use the paste correctly, all you need is a very small dab. About the size of a grain of rice. One tube could easily last you 10 applications.
Exactly, every time I get tuniq or nowadays this:
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

It will last for 3 shots maintenance for a cpu which means 2 quarter seasons during the year if I'm lucky.
Since I manage 4 computers in the house with other hardware I have enough to go around.

But when you mess up, you'll be back online getting another if your not carefull.

@joec: I thought my old krusty dell mouse like the stuff, it liked the 4wd I give it when it becomes hard like steel...

j/k with you joe...
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I'm almost wondering if it's about time to invest in Nitrogen or CO2 cooling and to hell with the paste.
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Nearly all of us need to use it. It's not a burden if you just leave your machines alone. :P
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Nearly all of us need to use it. It's not a burden if you just leave your machines alone. :P
Well ya, for your personal tower that is true. But I build and repair for people so I like to have a few tubes handy.
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