Newby's new build question

Just finished my 1st build:

Z68
I5/2500k
560ti
corsair 600t
noctura d14
corsair ddr3 8gb

All is well, but i have not installed SSD hard drive or windows 7 yet due to im out of cash. My question is can i let in run as is for a day or two to burn in thermal paste and/or should I? Thx all.
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  1. It's not really necessary. Some pastes like Artic Silver 5 require a cure time of up to 100 hours and some require no cure time at all. Either way normal computer use is all that is required. So I would not bother leaving it on until you get an SSD or hard drive.
  2. It's not necessary, the thermal paste will do its job fine assuming you applied a very thin coating that completely covers the CPU. As long as you did that you're all set.
  3. Thx guys!
  4. As long as you followed the manufacturers directions you mean. Different thermal pastes have different viscosities. Some create tiny air bubbles if you try and spread the paste yourself and work better with a pea sized drop being compressed by the heatsink. Arctic Silver alone has 5 or 6 different appliucation methods depending on the CPU you are applying it to.
  5. anort3 said:
    As long as you followed the manufacturers directions you mean. Different thermal pastes have different viscosities. Some create tiny air bubbles if you try and spread the paste yourself and work better with a pea sized drop being compressed by the heatsink. Arctic Silver alone has 5 or 6 different appliucation methods depending on the CPU you are applying it to.


    Interesting, I didn't know this. Good to know!
  6. GenericUser said:
    Interesting, I didn't know this. Good to know!



    I use IC Diamond. It's quite dense.

    http://innovationcooling.com/applicationinstructions.htm

    You can look around a bit more here but this is Intel CPUs and Arctic Silver 5. Their Ceramique product has it's own page.

    http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_application_method.html#
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