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Installing i5 2500k

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December 22, 2011 1:53:25 AM

hey guys i just got the i5 2500k in the mail today, and i was install the heatsink on the cpu, do i need thermal paste (this is the stock heatsink)? on the bottom of the heatsink theres grey semi hard goo which im pretty sure is thermal paste, but i was wondering if i needed additional paste? thanks! this is my first build so any help would be appreciated!

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December 22, 2011 2:01:29 AM

No, you don't need to add thermal paste with the stock fan (as you correctly point out, it already has thermal paste on it). However, you do if you install a third party cooler.
December 22, 2011 2:02:09 AM

You dont need any additional thermal paste, the stock cooler and thermal paste will be fine unless you plan on overclocking to high numbers.
December 29, 2011 1:27:57 AM

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