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New install Core i5-2500k on a Asus P8Z68V Pro - Thermal Paste needed?

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June 29, 2011 5:39:36 PM

Hi,

I am in the process of assembling my new rig. I've purchased a P8Z68V Pro and a i5-2500k. I don't plan to over clock and planning to install the stock CPU cooler fan that came boxed with the processor. The FAN itself has a copper base with pre-applied thermal paste. Do I need to apply any additional thermal paste or will this be sufficient?

also how often do I need to apply the thermal paste between the CPU & cooler?
thanks,
karthik

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June 29, 2011 5:48:37 PM

No you do not need to apply any thermal paste with the stock HSF (heatsink/fan) it should come pre-applied to the HSF. You will want to re-apply thermal paste whenever you remove the HSF otherwise you shouldn't need to worry about it.

Christian Wood
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June 29, 2011 5:52:05 PM

Thank you! My friends have been pushing me to buy a new HSF saying the stock one is not good or at least to remove the pre-applied thermal paste and apply arctic silver on it. So I asked...
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June 29, 2011 5:56:40 PM

They are correct to say that the stock cooler is crap and you honestly should replace it. Also, why would you get a 2500k and not overclock it? Its the only reason you would get it over a normal 2500.
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June 29, 2011 5:59:59 PM

the price difference b/w k and non-k was hardly $4 so I bought :)  also I needed a better IGPU...
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June 29, 2011 6:21:57 PM

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