I just purchased an i5 3.2ghz. After installing come to find out the motherboard has some issues so I'm sending it back for a new one. Question is do I need to clean off the processor and the stock fan that had thermal paste on it and reapply some more or can I just remount it as is since it's new?
Also if I need to clean it off what should I clean it off with?
Recommend thermal paste would be great to if I need to get some, Thanks!
Yes, it's best to replace it - the paste on the stock cooler isn't that good at all to begin with. Go with Arctic Silver 5 - affordable, and very, very good (A+ rating) - plus you can get it at your local radio shack. Just a dab on the center of your CPU, put your cooler down, and trust me - that thing will transfer heat much better than the paste that was there before.