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Old 02-23-2009, 06:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It's good that you are following the advice of thermal paste. You just saved yourself some unnecessary hassle and aggravation.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeh, I didn't have to wait for newegg either. A buddy of mine had some and brought it over for me
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Oh, well then that is great !
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Thermal paste only really does ONE thing, fill in the cracks on both surfaces to make them smooth, thus providing better heat transfer. I have ran a computer before, an older Sempron system with a 130nm CPU can't remember the exact spec anymore, with out thermal paste on a stock heatsink, got warm, but it never had issues. But you should invest in some sort of thermal paste.
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So it is okay to do a test boot to windows with just the heatsink on, but no thermal paste?
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Depends on the CPU I guess. I'd imagine it'd be fine for a little bit under low load situations, with cool-running CPUs. Just don't try it with no heatsink at all.

CPUs are alot more durable than you'd think.
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