Hey all. I'm installing my E6600, and I've been hoping I wouldn't have to deal with thermal compound stuff.. but.. I guess I should ask. The Intel installation sheet doesn't mention anything about thermal compound that I can find.. I'm using stock fan/hs. Should I get some thermal compound? Do I need it? I'm not overclocking, but I do game. Thanks!
That appears to be a thermal grease on the HSF, however, it looks to have been applied by the factory in a VERY STUPID way... Those 3 stripes of grease are bound to leave some air space in the interface... which is BAD JUJU.
If I were in your shoes (which I'm not, I have an Arctic Freezer 7 going on my e6600) I'd clean that crap off the HSF and properly apply Arctic Silver 5 in its place.
That will work just fine. The hard part about socket 775 coolers is making sure they are attached properly. I would mount it to the board before you install it in the case to make sure it is seated properly.
Oh yea Intel coolers can get damn loud. I'm replacing mine this weekend. A good aftermarket cooler for the conroe can be had for around $30. Performance wise the Intel one works juist fine they were ment for the smithfields and prescotts that ran way hotter.
If I was you i'd buy after market cooler (personal favourite Arctic cooling freezer 7 pro) and some AS5 paste.
Use some rubbing alcohol or some specialist cleaner (should find it stocked in same place as AS5) to clean factory applied paste off HSF using lint free cloth (personally find thick Kitchen tissue fine).
Then add a pea sized blob of AS5 to centre of HSF block where it will contact the CPU and use an old credit card or an old style razor blade to spread it as thinly as possible over an area wide enough to cover the whole CPU.
The problem with spreading it out is it is possiable to get air trapped in the material. Thats why arctic silver and others instruct to place a small amount on the surface and let pressure spread it out. I've done it both ways and they both work fine. The only thing to be careful of is not to apply too much as it will flow out of the junction and cause a mess around the cpu socket once the heatsink is applied.