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

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June 6, 2011 1:58:00 AM

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
a b B Homebuilt system
June 6, 2011 2:30:57 AM

The stock paste is just fine for a stock cooler. You are good to go.
June 8, 2011 2:40:08 AM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2011 2:56:23 AM

^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.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2011 11:27:43 AM

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 ?

It's not worth spending $10 on something that isn't required. said:
It's not worth spending $10 on something that isn't required.
The OP already bought it.
a b B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2011 12:41:29 PM

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.
June 8, 2011 2:03:46 PM

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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