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Getting a new CPU fan...thermal paste?

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July 6, 2012 8:59:10 PM

My intel core i5-3570k stock cooler fan does not seem to get the job done when I'm playing a game for a period of time, so I'm thinking about getting this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... to replace it.

My only issue is replacing it. To take out the stock fan, what do I have to do?

Also (my main question): Do I need to remove the thermal paste that is already being used by the stock fan? Or do I just leave it there when I replace it?

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a c 150 K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 9:15:27 PM
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a c 150 K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 9:23:25 PM

Yes it does. Whenever you remove a CPU heatsink you have to change your paste. The 212 EVO comes with paste, all you have to do is remove it.
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July 6, 2012 10:31:58 PM

amuffin said:
Yes it does. Whenever you remove a CPU heatsink you have to change your paste. The 212 EVO comes with paste, all you have to do is remove it.


Would it be worth it to just get a paste remover instead of using rubbing alcohol?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 150 K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 10:35:56 PM

Not really, just go down to a walgreens or rite aid and grab some rubbing alcohol.
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July 6, 2012 10:37:25 PM

amuffin said:
Not really, just go down to a walgreens or rite aid and grab some rubbing alcohol.


But would a thermal paste remover work just as well as the rubbing alcohol though?
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a c 150 K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 10:52:37 PM

Probably, but it's not worth 8 dollars!
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July 6, 2012 11:01:48 PM

amuffin said:
Probably, but it's not worth 8 dollars!


Thanks for your help. One last question (I asked this on another thread): Do you know if I would need to remove my motherboard to install this?
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a c 150 K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 11:08:47 PM

Depends on your case.
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a c 150 K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 11:27:49 PM

Most likely you will have to.
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a c 150 K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 11:45:19 PM

Actually, it looks like you won't have to. ;) 
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July 6, 2012 11:47:20 PM

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a b K Overclocking
July 6, 2012 11:59:40 PM

The cut out in your motherboard tray may be large enough that you dont have to remove the motherboard.
Just clean the processor good.

First apply paste to the bottom of the cooler to fill the groves on each side ofthe heatpipes . just enough to fill the groves . Use the edge of a credit card or stiff business card to leave a flat surface and remove excess.Apply about a large grain of rice paste to the center of cpu.
place cooler on cpu and rotate it slightly clockwise ,counterclock wise then mount it with the screws.
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