CPU Upgrade -> Installation Question Tags: CPUs Thermal Compound Last response: November 18, 2005 12:08 PM in CPUs Share Ackerman November 18, 2005 4:51:54 AM This is probably a really stupid question for you pros here, but I am unsure. I just purchased a new Intel CPU (P4 2.5ghz), a retail version that includes heatsink and fan. Unfortunately, it did not come with any thermal paste. The instructions that came with it consist of 8 pictures. And none of those pictures shows anything that look like a tube of thermal paste. So, is it a bad idea to install it without the paste, even if it is in accordance with the directions? Thanks! More about : cpu upgrade installation question pickxx November 18, 2005 4:54:15 AM look at the bottom of the HSF does it have a thermal pad? or is it bare metal? Ackerman November 18, 2005 5:25:43 AM Wow! Quick reply! Yes, it has a black something or other stuck to it. I hesitate to call it a thermal pad, but you are probably correct. Related resources Upgrade Paths: CPU or GPU? - Forum Can you upgrade the CPU in a Dell 11z laptop? - Forum Should I upgrade my CPU ? - Forum I want to upgrade cpu laptop dual core p6200 - Forum Lenovo G460e CPU Upgrade - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer pickxx November 18, 2005 5:32:10 AM A lotof Intel HSF's come with a thermal pad so people dont fuk things up.... you can remove it if you want and put some thermal paste on it...but that seems like a waste of time to me Ned_Flanders November 18, 2005 5:49:44 AM Pickxx to the rescue. pickxx November 18, 2005 5:55:49 AM Or? am i just lying to see what happens when a hsf and cpu come together without anything but metal to metal...... :twisted: Ned_Flanders November 18, 2005 8:22:56 AM Shhhh! He'll realise if you say that! @ OP ^ is a joke, what PickXX has told you is true :roll: pickxx November 18, 2005 8:25:16 AM Shhhh....i want to see what happens.....dont lead him on. Ackerman November 18, 2005 12:08:28 PM Thanks for the info! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumCPU upgrade core 2 duo to core 2 quad ForumCPU or GPU upgrade ForumPC Not Booting Up After CPU Upgrade ForumComputer won't boot after cpu upgrade ForumDell E510 CPU Upgrade ? ForumCPU & GPU upgrade - yay or nay? ForumHP Compaq Notebook CQ60-615DX CPU Upgrade ForumWould like to upgrade CPU from i3 330m with socket 989rPGA ForumNeed help picking cpu for my upgrade ForumShould I upgrade my CPU or my GPU? ForumCPU Upgrade Help ForumWhether the socket fs1 CPU can upgrade to the CPU socket fs1r2 ForumUpgrade My Comp. ForumA CPU problem that I really need help with ForumWhich one is the Best Cpu? using Chess Software Deep Fritz8 More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !