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1st Build: Do I have to use thermal paste on stock i-5 2500 cpu?

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June 8, 2011 9:14:33 PM

I just started today building my first system.

I bought a combo from Newegg Intel i-5 2500 and a Gigabyte GA-Z68M mobo.

I know I have to use thermal paste if I use an aftermarket CPU Cooler/Heatsink.

But do I have to apply it if I'm just using the stock Cooler that came with the i-5 CPU? It looks like it already had a small octagonal pattern of something gray on the bottom of the Cooler which I assumed was pre-applied thermal paste or compound.

Thanks.

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June 8, 2011 9:22:01 PM

The stock cooler will have it already applied on it so don't worry about it
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June 8, 2011 9:24:18 PM

Is that what the gray stuff is?

It's not uniformly covering the entire bottom of the fan unit.
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June 8, 2011 9:28:39 PM

It will probably squash and spread out when the cooler is locked down.
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June 8, 2011 11:45:33 PM

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