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Factory Applied Thermal Paste

Hi Everyone,

I have recently finished my first build and am considering different cooling for my CPU as the stock cooler doesn't quite cut it.

I was thinking along the lines of;
CoolerMaster V10 Hybrid TEC: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=8849
CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=7980
Or even a water cooled H80 or H100 from Corsair.

I have a Core i7 2600K with stock cooling for the moment. My Case is a HAF-X so i don't think the size should really matter, and my motherboard is an ASRock Extreme 7 Gen 3.

I also have another question in regards to the stock thermal paste on the CPU cooler when i purchased it.

Should i have wiped that thermal compound off and applied some aftermarket paste i have purchased? I will definitely be doing this with this next cooler.

Thanks to anyone that can help. :)
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  1. By the way, i am aware of the misleading title, sorry to anyone who's confused :P
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    Yep, clean the old thermal paste off with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.

    Regarding the aftermarket coolers: the top air cooler is the Noctua D-14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018. I don't know how the CM coolers rate against the Noctua.

    The Corsair H100 seems to be the top rated cooler by Tom's http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h2o-h80-h100-benchmark-overclocking,3084-9.html, but the Antec 920 received the top rank from Real World Labs http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=articles&id=442&pagenumber=8.

    I prefer a closed loop cooler because it exhausts heat directly outside the case, and it provides better circulation. I modded the Antec 620 in my rig to a dual 120 mm fan in push/pull configuration and get results approaching the Antec 920.

    There are lots of good aftermarket coolers out there. Decide whether you want a big heatsink or a closed loop, then look at reviews to find the best for your use.
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