My intel cpu fan recently broke so I ordered a new one to use. Although my intel cpu has some dried thermal paste on it. Will it be ok to use for the fan? Or do i need to scrape it off and apply new thermal paste
Take a jackhammer to pound that dried thermal paste off, then submerge the CPU into thermal paste for around 2 minutes and insert into the socket.
Or simply use alcohol and water to dissolve/wipe way the dried thermal paste from both CPU & heatsink. Then apply about a small pea size worth of thermal paste in the center of the CPU and spread it around before putting the heatsink on top.