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Should I re-apply my thermal paste?

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June 6, 2012 6:33:38 PM

Parts:
-Arctic Silver 5
-i7 3770k
-COOLER MASTER RR-H612

So i just finished my first major build last week and after doing some research applied the thermal paste as a dot in the middle and spread it around with an old credit card.
Now after doing a little more research I see that the Arctic Silver site recommends a Vertical Line for the i7 3rd gen cores.
http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_application_method.ht...

Does it really matter that much? My CPU seems to idle around 33 C and Ive seen it go up to 50 C under load.
Also Arctic Silver says 200hrs of break in time, as long as the computer is turned off from time to time (which mine isn't). Should I make an effort to leave my computer off some nights?

thanks

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 6, 2012 6:51:09 PM

No, your temps seem fine.
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June 6, 2012 7:43:58 PM

should I be turning off my computer to help with break in? or does that not really matter?
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June 13, 2012 5:28:31 PM

Best answer selected by urbanrider.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 13, 2012 6:04:21 PM

No that shouldn't matter as long as it goes through (normal) thermal cycles like gaming and idling.
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June 13, 2012 6:28:11 PM

FinneousPJ said:
No that shouldn't matter as long as it goes through (normal) thermal cycles like gaming and idling.


thanks :)  now I know for next time.

Also does the thermal paste last for ever? Or does it need to be replaced periodically?
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 13, 2012 6:32:03 PM

No it'll deteriorate over time. I'd say a year or two maximum.
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