I'm planning a build to take place in the next 6 months or so (890fx chipset, PII 965ish, etc.). I still have a tube of Arctic Silver 3 left over from a build I made back in 2002. I've been using it any time I remove a heatsink, but now I see they're up to AS5 now. Has the stuff really changed enough that I should go get a tube of AS5 now? Or am I OK continuing to use the AS3?
At work, we use any old gunk we can get our hands on. But we're only cooling $1.00 MOSFETs, not $200+ CPU's.....
Thanks a lot.
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Do u have a budget for the thermal compound?
Not really, but I would think much more than $10-15 would be kinda silly. Particularly if it's not much better than a.) what comes with either the stock or AM heatsink or b.) the AS3 I already have.