Hi, I have a phenom x4 965. I have been using stock cooler and thermal paste. I'm now looking to overclock my cpu and ordered a shiny new coolermaster heatsink/fan, and bought some artic silver thermal paste. I need to know any steps neccesary to remove the old thermal paste and prepare it for the new stuff. While I have your attention if anybody can help me figure out how to OC my RAM from 1333 to 1600 I would be most grateful. Thanks for all your help!
Yeah, take a micro fiber cloth (something that will not leave fibers behind) and some isopropyl rubbing alcohol, then put some of the alcohol on the cloth. After that, just rub the paste off. It may look like all the paste is off, but do it again until no grey paste is showing up on the cloth.
As for the RAM, you are not overclocking it because it is meant to run at 1600Mhz. But what you will have to do is first go into the BIOS. Second, find where your RAM settings are and set them to these values: Speed (Mhz) 1600, Timings 9-9-9-24, and voltage 1.5v. The command rate should be set to 1T I believe.