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What kind of thermal paste should I buy?

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March 2, 2014 6:48:02 PM

I recently bought a Zalman Dual Fan CPU Cooler(http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...) for my first pc build. I accidentally used all of the thermal paste that came with the fan(I think it was ZM-STG2). I only realized my mistake after I watched some tutorials on Youtube that stated that a bit of paste that's the size of a pea was enough. I have spread the paste over the CPU with a piece of plastic and set the fan over it. I haven't checked to see if it leaked yet but if it has can I use this to clean it?(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

I also want to know if I should buy a new tube of ZM-STG2 or if I should buy Arctic Silver 5 or ARCTIC MX-2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

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March 2, 2014 6:49:17 PM

That cleaner is some of the best. For the paste AS-5 is a leading brand, and MX-2 is up there as well. (Get whichever is cheaper)
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March 2, 2014 6:53:50 PM

you can use this or 90% alcohol and a microfiber cloth as you dont want lose threads to get into your sensitive components
here is a good method on applying thermal paste
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hNgFNH7zhQ
i would use mx-4 there is nocure time as artic silver 5 there is around a 3 week period until it is completely bonded and mx-4 is better than mx-2
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-cooling-thermal-pas...
and always make sure you are using a non magnetic screwdriver and also make sure you are grounded so as not to conduct static electricity
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March 2, 2014 6:54:04 PM

The fan has copper base and I heard that some thermal pastes contain some materials that oxidizes with copper and ruins the fan. Will this be a problem for AS-5, MX-2, or MX-4?

Edit: Never mind, I just found that those pastes don't contain anything that would damage the base of the fan.
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March 2, 2014 7:05:42 PM

to my knowledge mx series does not do that, as-5 does use conductive material and is a reason why the cure time is so long
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March 2, 2014 7:16:18 PM

Oh ok, I guess I'll just go with the MX-4. Thanks for the help!
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March 2, 2014 7:19:37 PM

DefenderII said:
Oh ok, I guess I'll just go with the MX-4. Thanks for the help!


no probs glad to help
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