if you feel the need to go with Arctic silver 5 then do so.....i didn't use the compound that came with my coolermaster cause silver 5 has always impressed me. Use the one that it came with like you said.....and if you feel the need to make the switch to the silver 5 but run a few tests firs and see how happy you are with it
I have been using the IC Diamond Thermal Compound. It works good I have used and do use AC5, AC3 and a variety of others over the years. Unless you really want to get the last bit of performance out their isn't a ton of difference in the compounds that are recommended and the one that comes with your cooler isn't horrible by any stretch so if you are looking to save a buck use it.
and that's cool, whatever floats your boat.
ALL I'M SAYING IS AS5 is available at Radio Shack and than the shack is open 7 days a week.
so if you run out of compound for whatever reason, you can go to the shack and not have to order some on-line and wait.
heard that!!!!when did rat shack start to carry the AS5 tho?? i noticed it about a month ago i was looking for a cheap soldering iron and i saw the AS5 and i was like woaaahh WTF?? lol