Processor and Thermal Paste
When I put my computer together over the summer, it was the first time I had done it by myself. I put the processor in and began to put the heatsink in and realized that there was a gel on it - I scraped it off thinking it was some sort of protective goo for shipping. I fastened the heatsink on and then read "DO NOT SCRATCH THERMAL TRANSFER GEL". I then realized how big of an idiot I was - of course there needs to be something like that! I freaked and ran to CompUSA and bought some that came in little squares and you'd peel it off. Through this whole process, I wasnt all that gentle with that gel, I didnt clean off the heatsinks bottom really and put the new gel on. N
Now, coming to think of it... could this cause any problems with my computer?
Could it potentially make my computer run slower than normal?
Is there a certain amount of time you should apply new thermal paste?
If so, do they make a particularly good one?
Any help would be much appreciated.