1. The parts for my new PC will arrive Thursday afternoon, all except for the video card, which arrives a Friday. Regarding the thermal paste, would it be OK to install all the components, including the CPU/cooler/thermal paste and let them sit for a day until I pop in the video card to power on the system? I guess the better question to ask would be how long after installing the thermal paste can you wait before powering up the system, if it matters at all in a reasonable time frame (24-28 hrs)?
2. I will be using the Megahalems thermal paste that comes with the Megahalems cooler. From the little tidbits of information I have been able to find on this, they say the Megahalems thermal paste will provide the best contact for the cpu w/ that specific cooler. Does this ring true vs Arctic Silver 5 (I've got a tube of that laying around too)
3. After I've assembled my PC, installed OS/updates/apps/etc, how long should I let the CPU run before I start working with the overclocking? (This will be my first OC: intel i7-930 2.8GHz --> 3.8-4.0GHz) If this question is too off-topic I'll move it to the OC thread, but I figured it would be OK since it goes along with the previous two.
Any assistance with any of these questions would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance! ;D
Thanks jsc that takes care of question #3. Let me rewrite the first two questions shorter..
1. Computer parts arrive today, but video card was delayed until tomorrow, and there is no on-board video. Can the thermal paste sit between the cpu/cooler for 24-28 hours safely, and with no sort of conductive loss, if no power is given to them for the duration of that time frame? (until video card arrives and I fire it all up)
**-or just wait to install the cpu/cooler when the video card arrives so that the paste is freshly applied?