How often should I replace my thermal paste on my CPU?(Its been 5+yrs)

Well I never really knew what thermal paste was, until I started getting into computer building. My brother build me this computer like 5 years ago, and I was wondering if I should replace my thermal paste. I am currently running around 68 Celsius just browsing the web right now.

Where should I buy this stuff, and what are some recommended brands?


Thanks for reading.
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  1. If the temps are all in the range u like them to be, leave it be.

    Are u going to keep the PC after 5 years?
  2. nikorr said:
    If the temps are all in the range u like them to be, leave it be.

    Are u going to keep the PC after 5 years?


    I am beginning to buy new parts for my computer, like the rosewill challenger case for better flow, because it is much much larger than my micro atx case, it supports 5 fans, and has a lot more holes for vent. Also a new HDD kuz mines running low on space, and eventually a new motherboard and cpu.

    I'm not sure what temps I should have though. What are recommended?
  3. Whats the CPU?
  4. "68 Celsius just browsing the web right now"

    That's a lot.

    What country are u in?
  5. Whats the room temp?
  6. If you need help you can read the guide in my signature, I'm pretty sure I addressed the amount of time before you need to reapply TIM.
  7. 5 years old, is old nowadays.

    If u spend today $300, u can make yourself 3-4 times faster PC.

    That is if u are up for upgrading : )
  8. nikorr said:
    5 years old, is old nowadays.

    If u spend today $300, u can make yourself 3-4 times faster PC.

    That is if u are up for upgrading : )


    I am buying a new case, the coolermaster storm scout to be exact, aswell as a new hardrive. eventually ill buy this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106009

    And this motherboard to fit the CPU:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138362

    I have the intel core duo e4600 at 2.4 GHz (ik, not that good)

    I mixed up my gaming temp and my browsing temps up.
    My GPU atm is 55 Celsius, and hasn't ran a game in two days.

    When I DO game though, i get from 68 - 75 Celsius.
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