ngc 891 said:
In the process of making my computer I did something that was stupid and removed the heat sink fan after installing it. I am using the i5 2500k's stock heat sink fan with preapplied thermal paste. When I took it off I noticed the thermal paste looked still wet and fresh and had begun to spread. There was maybe an hour gap in between putting on an removing the heat sink. Do I need to reapply thermal paste to the stock heatsink, or is this not a concern? If I have to reapply thermal paste, how would I go about doing this?
Edit: This was not meant to go in the overclocking forum; sorry about that. Mods can move this to the appropriate area.
if uve only taken the heatsink off once id just put it back on. ull lose a some degrees c. but eventually get some thermal compound. then take 99% rubbing alochol and poor a bit on some toilet paper and gently clean off the remaining compound from the cpu and heatsink, reapply the new thermal compound directly in the middle of the cpu and squirting a blob the size of a dime or a tad smaller. reattach heatink.