I have all my parts in for my new build. I ordered Artic Silver thermal compound for my CPU and heatsink. I was going to order an after market heatsink but didn't after reading several threads on the subject (I'm not overclocking).
The factory heatsink that came with the E6600 CPU has a heatsink with the compound already applied.
Should I use it or scrape it off and use the Artic Silver?
If I should use the Artic Silver, what is the process? The tube doesn't have any directions.
During our stress test the cooler ran at full speed, reaching a noise level of 46.3 dB(A), which still allowed work in a relaxed manner. What is interesting is the result for thermal resistance. The cooler reaches just 0.37 K/W with the heat-conducting paste supplied with it, which is applied to the cooler in a similar way to a heat-conducting pad. When conventional heat-conducting paste is used, the thermal resistance rises to 0.51 K/W! For this reason, we recommend that you use the accompanying heat-conducting paste. As noted above, the cooler is included in the items supplied with the "boxed" version Pentium 4 CPUs. It cannot be bought separately.
not in my case, i use intel stock cooler and by replacing the stock TIM with AS-5, i had around 3c temp decrease..add to that the fact that its just been over a week since i applied HSF and AS-5 takes 200hours to completey "cure" and take full effect