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Should I reapply the thermal compound?

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Anonymous
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March 14, 2009 2:08:34 PM

I've just bought a new system which had the processor and cpu cooler installed in the shop.
Unfortunately they did a poor job in attaching the cooler, so when I gave it a small push when installing the other components it came lose.

I have a artic cooling freezer pro 64, which has preapplied thermal compound. The components have never been powered up so far. Should I reapply the thermal compound, or is it still save to just remount the cpu cooler and get on with it?
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March 14, 2009 2:38:14 PM


If you have some good TIM around, I would definitely clean off the HS and CPU with alcohol and remount with fresh TIM.

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March 14, 2009 2:54:34 PM

If the system has never been powered up then you won't 'need' to reapply the TIM, but as RJR said, if you've got any good TIM around then it's worth doing.
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Anonymous
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March 14, 2009 3:07:48 PM

Thanks for the fast replies!
I don't have any thermal compound lying around, so I guess I'll just remount the heatsink.

I wanted to make sure I was not going to blow my cpu on day one.
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