Do I need to use Arctic Silver paste or stock paste good enough?

Hello,

Just got an i3 2100 and I was wondering whether the stock paste that comes on the cooler is good enough to use.

I bought arctic silver 5 paste but I don't know how to remove the paste that's already on the cooler provided with the CPU.

So... should I use arctic silver 5 or will the stock one suffice?

Thanks
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  1. The stock paste is just fine for a stock cooler. You are good to go.
  2. However, the arctic silver will improve performance. To get it out, I would use a tissue to wipe (more like pinch) off the majority of it, and then use rubbing alcohol to get the rest.
  3. ^With a stock cooler, any performance increase would be negated by the cooler.

    It's not worth spending $10 on something that isn't required.
  4. striker410 said:
    ^With a stock cooler, any performance increase would be negated by the cooler.
    How's that work ?
    You change the stock paste and usually see temp drops of around 6 degrees, other than lower temps where's the negative ?

    Quote:
    It's not worth spending $10 on something that isn't required.
    The OP already bought it.
  5. I think I understand what striker410 meant; that changing the cooler is more effective.

    Six degrees seems like a large drop on an i3 with the stock cooler?

    But it's all a bit moot because the OP already has the paste...

    @bubblehearthlol: You could take the view that now you've bought it you may as well use it. Alternatively you could take the view that the benefits of a 6 degree reduction don't outweigh the pain of having to remove old paste, apply new stuff, then reseat the cooler.

    I use ArctiClean to clean up old paste and prepare the surface.
  6. I prefer AS5 in this case due to it being easier to clean up after it has aged over the course of a year. The stock Intel goop tends to turn to glue after awhile. Then again I tend to strip down my system for cleaning more often than most.
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