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Thermal grease after removing heatsink

Hi,

I was in the midst of building my first PC when I realized my motherboard was incompatible with my RAM. I had already put the processor and heatsink into the motherboard, so when I removed the CPU and heatsink from the motherboard, there was thermal grease on both the CPU and heatsink. In my CPU instructions, it says I'll have to get thermal paste and reapply it. Will I have to do this even though I literally had the CPU and heatsink together for 25 minutes?

Hopefully everyone understands what I mean a it haha.

Thanks
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    You will have to clean the thermal interface material off of both the CPU and the heatsink and reapply it according to the directions suggested by the thermal interface material manufacturer. If you just slap it back together without cleaning and reapplying the thermal interface material, you will have air bubbles trapped in the thermal interface material between the CPU and heatsink causing hotspots and higher CPU temperatures.
  2. ZealotAssasin said:
    Hi,

    I was in the midst of building my first PC when I realized my motherboard was incompatible with my RAM. I had already put the processor and heatsink into the motherboard, so when I removed the CPU and heatsink from the motherboard, there was thermal grease on both the CPU and heatsink. In my CPU instructions, it says I'll have to get thermal paste and reapply it. Will I have to do this even though I literally had the CPU and heatsink together for 25 minutes?

    Hopefully everyone understands what I mean a it haha.

    Thanks

    So you're going to replace the motherboard, rather than the ram ?
    Odd
  3. You could get away with it, the temperatures won't be too much higher - certainly won't hurt anything.
    If you're confused about how to remove it, q-tips and 99% isopropyl alcohol are cheap and do the trick.
  4. delluser1 said:
    So you're going to replace the motherboard, rather than the ram ?
    Odd


    Yeah I guess it is, I figure I want DDR3 memory rather than downgrade to DDR2 even if the performance increase isn't that huge. Thanks for the answers, I ordered some thermal paste!
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  6. ZealotAssasin said:
    Yeah I guess it is, I figure I want DDR3 memory rather than downgrade to DDR2 even if the performance increase isn't that huge. Thanks for the answers, I ordered some thermal paste!


    Make sure and order proper thermal paste. I applied some and it did absolutely nothing. The best brand you should get is Arctic silver 5. Best thermal paste in my book. Good luck hope im not too late on the post to help you to buy the right thermal paste.
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