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March 9, 2012 5:16:10 PM

About to upgrade my CPU from a dual core to a quad core, Looking at websites and if i just buy the CPU and use my current fan/cooler will that be ok?

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March 9, 2012 6:06:26 PM

What do you have currently and what CPU are you looking to buy? Not every CPU is compatible with the chipset your mobo uses, so that has to be checked before an answer can be given.
March 9, 2012 6:10:41 PM

This CPU i am buying is compatible with my MOBO i already checked :) , but as i'm going from a dual core to buying a quad core will i be able to use my current heatsink and fan that i use with my dual core. The reason i ask this is that the quad core that i am buying doesn't come with the heatsink/fan
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March 9, 2012 6:12:58 PM

It should. IE, Core2Duos use the same cooler as Core2Quads, since they are both socket 775. Same for two 1366, 1156, 1155, etc CPUs.
March 9, 2012 6:15:02 PM

scottiemedic said:
It should. IE, Core2Duos use the same cooler as Core2Quads, since they are both socket 775. Same for two 1366, 1156, 1155, etc CPUs.


Many thanks for helping me out, also will i need to remove the thermal paste of the heatsink and apply with new stuff when i fit the CPU?
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March 9, 2012 6:20:43 PM

Yes, new thermal paste. I suggest Arctic Silver 5, it's the best IMO. Good luck!!
March 9, 2012 6:22:57 PM

scottiemedic said:
Yes, new thermal paste. I suggest Arctic Silver 5, it's the best IMO. Good luck!!


Thanks i shall have a look around for that also what do i use to clean the heatsink i have some 70% alcohol which should be good enough but what do i just to get it of a towel or something?
March 9, 2012 6:23:33 PM

tally2425 said:
Many thanks for helping me out, also will i need to remove the thermal paste of the heatsink and apply with new stuff when i fit the CPU?


Correct. In any case when the heatsink removed from any chip, be it GPU or CPU or any chip that actually employs heatsink, one must also change the thermal compound. If you insist not to, a bubble should be expected and some serious heat by near future, threatening the lifespan of the chip.
March 9, 2012 6:32:08 PM

Thanks guys i shall get Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste, Will i need to remove the old stuff or just add this to it?
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March 9, 2012 6:39:33 PM

Yeah, remove the old stuff with alcohol and either Q-Tips or a coffee filter. Make sure it's perfectly clean before applying the paste (no lint, etc).
March 9, 2012 7:24:21 PM

scottiemedic said:
Yeah, remove the old stuff with alcohol and either Q-Tips or a coffee filter. Make sure it's perfectly clean before applying the paste (no lint, etc).


Bought my CPU, Bought my Arctic Silver 5, Bought my cotton buds (qtips)

Thanks!
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March 9, 2012 7:24:56 PM

NP, have fun!!
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