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Thermal Paste Question!

Hi all, I am getting into the process of overclocking (Very new to it) and I ordered a cpu cooler from ncix.com ($24). My question is about the thermal paste. I already have a very thin layer of thermal paste on top of my CPU (E5200) from my stock cooler. My friend told me that I do not have to remove it when applying the new cpu cooler. Is that alright? Do I have to remove it? Thanks and sorry for sounding like a noob. :sweat:
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  1. shiblulh said:
    My friend told me that I do not have to remove it when applying the new cpu cooler. Is that alright? Do I have to remove it?

    Clean the paste off and reapply.
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    Alcohol and qtips. Yes you have to. Make sure you apply the TPaste per direstions.
  3. Ok. But will there be a problem if I don't remove it? And also, what is the most effective way to clean it?
  4. Conumdrum said:
    Alcohol and qtips. Yes you have to. Make sure you apply the TPaste per direstions.


    ^ Ignore my last post.
    Ok. Thanks for the info.
  5. Just for giggle, here is a link to a very very TOP forum about overclocking, cooling etc. Some best in the world reside here. The link is about Tpaste tests, just a few leading brands. Don't worry, what you have is fine. It's more of an opener for ya.
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=232141

    And this link was a event at the forum owners place of business. It was a good time, believe me.
    http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/26/amds-phenom-ii-pushed-to-6-5ghz-3dmark-record-demolished/
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