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Heatsink/fan Installation; Thermal Interface Question

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March 21, 2010 1:42:29 AM

So I'm building my first computer and I've bought an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Socket AM3 processor (PIB); I'm planning on using the heatsink/fan that was provided with it and while reading the instructions I noticed that it says the HSF already has pre-applied thermal interface material. However, the wording was a bit strange because it also seemed to imply that the CPU itself also needs TIM, but if the HSF already has it, then I don't need anything extra, right? (TIM on both CPU and HSF seems excessive and unnecessary)

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March 21, 2010 1:48:37 AM

The pre applied paste is ok you dont need to put any on the processor itself when its pre applied on heatsink.
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March 21, 2010 1:57:11 AM

saaiello said:
The pre applied paste is ok you dont need to put any on the processor itself when its pre applied on heatsink.


Alright, thanks a lot. I was sort of worried that I'd have to go out and buy some TMI. :sweat: 
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March 21, 2010 2:01:34 AM

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a c 133 à CPUs
March 21, 2010 2:14:13 AM

EnigmaticRunner said:
Alright, thanks a lot. I was sort of worried that I'd have to go out and buy some TMI. :sweat: 

The pre applied is fine but i like to use better paste then what they put on there so see how your temps look after a week and if you think they too high you might want to remove the pre applied and put some better paste on.
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