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Removing heat sink from cpu

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December 12, 2011 10:28:00 PM

Hi does removing heat sink from cpu and putting it back without adding new thermal paste cause my computer to constantly restart?

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December 12, 2011 10:46:34 PM

It is very possible! Especially if it is old paste!
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a c 219 à CPUs
December 12, 2011 10:49:42 PM

It's not adviseable to do that since you want to have a uniform covering of thermal paste between the cpu and heatsink. If there are gaps and the heat is not dissapated properly then the cpu can overheat and shut down.
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December 14, 2011 12:53:40 PM

I did this once with my phenom, it didn't cause any problems :p  (ran it for a year before remembering about it! )
but this was out of pure desperation, not having any paste, and replacing a dead motherboard!
but i admit its a bit stupid to do this, i did notice more stability when using it for lengthy times after replacing the paste.
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