Hi I'm driving from New York to Pennsylvania with my newly built PC. I have a coolermaster hyper 212 heat sink installed so I was a bit nervous of vibration causing it become loose and damage other components. That being said I do not want to remove and have to reapply the thermal paste and everything so I decided that i will secure it by placing some sort of packing inside the case surrounding it to keep it snug and secure. My question is what sort of packing material would be safe for that? The only idea i've had so far is newspaper (a lot) crumpled into balls surrounding it to keep it secure. Would newspaper be safe? Is there another way that's better (and easily accessible)?
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Doesn't matter what you pack it with it's still going to vibrate and strain the board. This is a bad idea. and you'll spend more time packing it than you would spending 5 minutes taking it off and putting it back
Since there is a 50/50 opinion on this that leads me to take the safest way by removing it before I take my trip. Thanks for all of your opinions. Do I have to remove the thermal paste from the cpu? Or can I reuse it by leaving it there (for example just respreading it when I want to mount the heat sink again) Thanks in advance.
Thanks, and while i have your attention, whats the best way to apply it? I originally did like a pea-sized dot and spread it evenly over the CPU. I'm hearing that just using a dot and putting the heatsink on that without spreading it around is better? What way should i do it?