I just finished my first build and something I did is concerning me. When mounting the cooler I put it on, took it off, and put it back in the correct position. When I took it off I noticed some of the thermal paste already got on the cpu. My question is is it still ok.
My question is will it still run at reasonable temperatures.
edit: I just read in another forum that if the paste is new it is not necessary but would be helpful. If so I think I'm going to leave it alone.
You'll be fine, especially if you don't intend to overclock. One way to help is to slide the cpu cooler around just a bit to try (probably unsuccessfully) to work out the air pockets, the cooler should feel "stuck" to the cpu because of a slight vacuum is created.
If you plan to overclock you're not going to want to use the stock paste / cooler anyway .
just go to a radio shack and buy a small tube of arctic silver, less than $10 and better safe than sorry. Clean the old paste off with 91% alcohol n coffee filter. Clean it off, apply a small cross in the middle and slide heatsink back n forth after you tighten it down. Better safe than sorry.
Ok then. I will have to what till tomorrow but for now the computer seems to be running fine installing updates. I'm will make sure all my fans are at full power for now. But if isn't completely necessary I think I will leave it be because I am a little nervous with handling thermal paste. That is one reason I stuck with the stock heatsink.
Dont be nervous, its nothing. Just watch a tutorial on youtube. Just dont put too much on. Clean old stuff off w alcohol, let it dry n make sure its clean. Apply a pea size drop n make a cross w it using a clean piece of plastic. Apply heatsink, tighten, and turn heatsink side to side o few degrees to spread it out. Your temps will lower and you will increase the reliability n longevity of your cpu.
If on a budget try a cooler master 212+ (~$25). If not oc'n you wont need more than that. Just dooooo eeetttt! You will be fine, really. Good luck!
It is sitting around 33C right so I think I am fine for now. My build is an antec 300 illusion case, evga geforce gts 450 gpu, intel i3 andy bridge, carviar black hdd, gigabyte motherboard and g.skill ram. I wouldn't know if the gpu runs hot yet because I do not have any games for now.
Also I have another question. The video card has this sticker that says if removed voids warrenty. I just worry if I left it on ther it could catch fire if the gpu gets to hot.