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Is it OK to use pre-applied thermal compound on Intel CPU Stock Cooler or not?

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September 3, 2013 7:48:50 AM

Hi guys,so I'm going to use Intel CPU with stock cooler on my new PC build and i'm curious is it better to re-apply thermal paste or use pre-applied one? Will it give me some big difference in terms of temperature and if it is worth it or not?

Thanks in advance!!!
September 3, 2013 7:52:55 AM

To be honest as long as you havent applied the heatsink to the chip before you will be fine. You can remove it, and add your own, I usually do, not much of a benefit except that I know what type of paste im using and how much i applied to ensure there is a sufficient amount.
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September 3, 2013 7:53:10 AM

no the pre-applied one is fine. You wont get much temp difference
(maybe 1-2c) from using a different paste on a stock cooler.
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September 3, 2013 7:58:43 AM
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The pre applied tim is fine.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with it.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the direction of the arrow,(counter clockwise) as far as they can go.
If you want, play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.
Place the cooler so that all 4 pins are oriented over the holes in the motherboard.

Push down on the entire cooler so that all 4 pins are through the motherboard.
When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

The trick to getting it on is to push down on a diagonal pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.
If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard must be out of the case to do the job.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.
September 3, 2013 8:30:50 AM

vipboy28 said:
To be honest as long as you havent applied the heatsink to the chip before you will be fine. You can remove it, and add your own, I usually do, not much of a benefit except that I know what type of paste im using and how much i applied to ensure there is a sufficient amount.


Thanks for replying,me too,i think it would be benefiting to apply new,better paste,but it seems there would not be much of a difference between these two,so i'm OK with pre-applied paste
September 3, 2013 8:33:15 AM

oczdude8 said:
no the pre-applied one is fine. You wont get much temp difference
(maybe 1-2c) from using a different paste on a stock cooler.

Thanks for helping me out,i see,there is not much difference,i'm not going to overclock anything so i will be OK
September 3, 2013 8:34:58 AM

geofelt said:
The pre applied tim is fine.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with it.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the direction of the arrow,(counter clockwise) as far as they can go.
If you want, play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.
Place the cooler so that all 4 pins are oriented over the holes in the motherboard.

Push down on the entire cooler so that all 4 pins are through the motherboard.
When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

The trick to getting it on is to push down on a diagonal pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.
If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard must be out of the case to do the job.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.

Thanks for additional info,i might build entire system myself ,so such tips are valuable for me,Thanks
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