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New to installing CPU - what thermal paste to use?

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October 4, 2012 6:16:15 AM

Hi guys,

I'm getting in a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM. RAM I've installed many times but I've never installed a CPU myself before, and I'm not paying $39 for a company to do it for me. Anyway I'm looking at thermal paste and have no idea which one to use, I'm a bit overwhelmed by choice here and essentially know nothing about the best brand/type to use. The options are seen here ( and range from $4-19.

If it helps, the motherboard and CPU I'm looking at are:
CPU: Intel i5-3570 (
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V-LX (

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October 4, 2012 6:28:49 AM

You can use the stock cooler, thermal paste is already pre applied.

Read the guide in my sig.