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June 27, 2013 12:09:52 PM

I have a problem with the problem with the mobo asus m5a78lm le series, showing a temp of about 50-60c at idle in the bios menu and shutdowns on its own when booting to the OS(win8 pro x64).I am in an idea of applying the thermal compound to the cpu which already has a stock paste on it which is two year old.
suggest me the cheap and best thermal compound to apply on it...thanks in advance..

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June 27, 2013 12:18:05 PM

Your computer is not going to shut down because teh cpu temps are 50-60c..........you have some other issue. AS5 is junk imo, and it takes a minimum 100hrs to cure before you know if it helped, and even then you probably looking at a max of 2c difference from the stock thermal paste regarless which brand you choose.

I recommend TX2, 3 or 4, whichever you can find. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think your barking up the wrong tree, the temps depend mosly on the ambient room temp, and your case cooling.

Putting the pc on the floor can help because it's cooler. Out of a cabinet if it's in one. Cleaning your fans/filters/heatsinks will help. Adding exhuast fan's will also help a lot.

Either way 50-60c will not cause your computer to shut down. Bios temps are always higher than desktop temps because the cpu runs full speed in the bios, at desktop it clocks down to save power.

Use Hardware Monitor to see what temps your pc is running, it will record the min and max temps while you have it open no matter what tasks your doing.

Hope this helps.
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June 27, 2013 12:21:36 PM

Arctic Silver or Noctua make great thermal paste...additionally, I haven't heard anything bad about Cooler Master's paste...though I've never used it personally.
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June 27, 2013 12:32:55 PM

so most to all thermal pastes are very close to each other.
http://www.newegg.com/Thermal-Compound-Grease/SubCatego...
just a look at the top rated brands at newegg above.

this is a great monitoring program the above was talking about
http://www.hwinfo.com/download64.html
50-60C is just fine the issue is what if it keeps going up. you need to run the above program and watch those temps. also look at your CPU fan is it spinning. If it is then i doubt your thermal paste has gone bad as that really does not happen. It can certainly help to reapply but for a fix it is not really an answer. I would blow out the fins on your heat sink first and just watch temps and see that your CPU fan is spooling up.

So you are looking at $5-10 for cpu paste. before I bought that i would just buy a new CPU cooler for $20 that is one of the best on the market as far as performance and is also reusable on future builds and CPU's.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the above is the fix I recommend.
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June 27, 2013 3:40:19 PM

KnowItAll said:
Here's some charts.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermal-Compound... Scroll to bottom

http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1279501/wid...

As you can see, the difference is very little between brands. However, I'd rather use one that gives you immediate results, rather than something like AS5 that takes 100hrs to cure.


Yeah, and after it cures, you'll be a total of 2C cooler! Seriously, that's a non-issue.

My preference is Arctic Cooling MX-4.
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