If I remove the heatsink/fan... Tags: Fan Heatsinks Thermal Compound Components Last response: January 13, 2011 11:19 AM in Components Share sullonone January 11, 2011 11:53:35 AM do I have to take the old thermal paste/pad off or can I just screw it back down? edit for clarification: I took my heatsink/fan off to clean it. Does that ruin the old paste? Do I have to clean it off and reapply or can I just leave it on and reassemble? More about : remove heatsink fan kivan2400 January 11, 2011 12:19:26 PM You can still use the old one yeah should not be a problem it would if it was 2 different pastes, but if the heatsink is clean and there is paste on the CPU then it should work as normal jaguarskx January 11, 2011 12:38:44 PM Anytime you remove the heatsink it is highly recommend that you clean it and the CPU and reapply a fresh thin layer of thermal paste. Removing the heatsink breaks the thin paste layer which helps improve heat transfer. It introduces air pockets and that acts as a heat insulator rather than a heat conductor. Related resources How to remove heatsink/fan from Gateway M305CRV - Forum Heatsink/Fan upgrade w/out mobo removal?? - Forum help!? need to remove xtasy gf4ti4200 heatsink/fan - Forum TI4600 heatsink/fan removal? - Forum Need a SILENT yet powerful low profile heatsink/fan - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Motopsychojdn January 11, 2011 12:40:17 PM ^+1 You take it off, you clean and re-apply new paste Moto beanoslim January 11, 2011 12:42:13 PM Clean it thoroughly and re-apply fresh paste do not re-use. http://www.arcticsilver.com/methods.html sullonone January 11, 2011 6:20:10 PM Thanks so much all!! lamar5559 January 13, 2011 4:48:44 AM It should still work. You should change the thermal paste\pad every few months, but if you already did in the past few months, you should be good. beanoslim January 13, 2011 11:19:57 AM Yes you can re-use pads but not paste, if it has a pad I'd remove it and use paste anyway. You don't need to re-apply paste every few months just when needed, like your cpu temps rise. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: Forum Forum ForumHow to Remove SB heatsink/fan ForumI5 2500k heatsink/fan help ForumProblems with removal of the stock i5-2400 heatsink/fan ForumCPU heatsink/fan ? ForumHelp Me Choose a Heatsink/Fan for Q6600 in HTPC ForumNew CPU heatsink/fan . Now computer won't start. ForumHitting 62c prime 95 with a new heatsink/fan ForumHeatsink/fan Installation; Thermal Interface Question ForumCPU Heatsink/Fan in Mid-Tower ForumI7 cpu heatsink/fan for already assembled system? ForumIntel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Stock Heatsink/Fan Question ForumNeed heatsink/fan to match airflow of Antec 900. Forum6300 fx vishera black edition More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !