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June 12, 2008 5:52:31 AM

Ok, so this is first time building a computer. Do i need to use thermal paste and does CPU normally come with thermal paste. IM a noob so sorry for the dumb question.Im buying a E8400 Btw

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June 12, 2008 6:53:30 AM

Yes, Intel ships a thermal 'pad' on it's heatsinks. Its not the best but it does the job, no need to buy any.
June 12, 2008 7:14:57 AM

If you are buying a PIB chip, the hsf comes with TIM pre-installed. Toms did a review of Intel's TIM, and it is top notch.
If you are buying an aftermarket cooler, most of them come with some form of TIM. You have to do the install of interface material on most.
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June 12, 2008 9:59:11 AM

To answer your question...

YES YOU WILL NEED SOME FORM OF THERMAL PASTE.

NO CPUS SHIP WITH THERMAL PASTE, ONLY COOLERS DO.

you have to check and be SURE that your heatsink/fan or watercooler block or any cooler has it on.

If not you need to apply some.
June 12, 2008 10:05:24 AM

If you are buying a retail CPU you will get a cooler in the box. This will have the thermal paste pre-applied to it. Be careful when you are mounting the cooler and follow the instructions. Do not disturb the thermal paste while you are handling the cooler.
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June 12, 2008 11:08:48 AM

Read the instructions - some of the pads have a clear plastic protective cover on them which you need to peel away before mounting it on the cpu,

good luck.

If you have any temp issues read the threads on temp monitoring - The new Intel CPU's can be a bit tricky to monitor the temps ... often they report incorrect temperature ... rarely are they actually high.

Use the search threads box at the top for more help.
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