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Moving a CPU with stock cooler from one motherboard to another, do I need to apply thermal paste?

I'd prefer to do this today because Im leaving the state for vacation soon, but I cannot for the life of me find any store that actually sells thermal paste. I'm moving the CPU from one board to another and it's seen some use, but do I need to apply thermal paste if it was originally pre-applied?
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    Yes you do.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Thermal Compound: ARCTIC MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($6.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $6.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-16 19:07 EDT-0400
  2. Yes, it's preferable to reapply thermal paste when removing cooler.
    It attracts dust and other stuff that is bad for it.
  3. Nasric said:
    I'd prefer to do this today because Im leaving the state for vacation soon, but I cannot for the life of me find any store that actually sells thermal paste. I'm moving the CPU from one board to another and it's seen some use, but do I need to apply thermal paste if it was originally pre-applied?



    yes you do always you must clean the cooler and reapply new paste you must be always clean the cpu cooler and chip first also before applying new paste a good cleaner isopropyl alcohol 99percent and cotton buds works well for this
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