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If my heatsink has thermal grease on it, does my CPU need some too?

I read about heatsinks for CPUs coming with thermal grease on it. Should I just install it "as is" or remove it and apply grease to the CPU?
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  1. nope, either use the preapplied tp or clean the tp off the heatsink and put a pea sized amt on the cpu and let the heatsink spread it out unless its hdt, then look it up
  2. I bought the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE Deneb 3.4GHz from Newegg and it came in the mail yesterday. I looked at the heatsink and it looks like it has thermal compound on it. Do you know if the stock thermal compound and/ or he cooler are any good?
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    vchov said:
    I bought the AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE Deneb 3.4GHz from Newegg and it came in the mail yesterday. I looked at the heatsink and it looks like it has thermal compound on it. Do you know if the stock thermal compound and/ or he cooler are any good?


    Do you plan to overclock? If not, then the standard-issue heatsink is adequate, unless you live in the Mojave Desert with no AC :D.
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