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January 10, 2013 2:35:19 AM

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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January 10, 2013 7:44:45 AM

Hi,
No, Remove it. It's not that difficult and it's safer. i've read some related posts with damaged board/components after transporting the case with the heatsink installed.
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January 10, 2013 8:28:25 AM

Heatsinks are too heavy to have rocking around straining the mobo.

Don't risk it and if you do, don't say we didn't warn you.
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a b à CPUs
January 10, 2013 10:20:21 AM

Lay the case on its side, not upright, and you can pack it with a soft foam (not the kind that comes apart easily) or material/paper packing
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January 10, 2013 10:28:33 AM

Probably want it to be anti static too so you dont fry anything.
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January 10, 2013 12:27:01 PM

darth pravus said:
Probably want it to be anti static too so you dont fry anything.


Would newspaper be considered anti-static?
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a b à CPUs
January 10, 2013 12:30:51 PM

I wouldn't guarantee it but I think so.
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January 10, 2013 12:41:52 PM

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
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January 10, 2013 12:45:28 PM

You could cover it with the anti-static motherboard bag and then use newspaper.
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January 10, 2013 12:57:25 PM

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.
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January 10, 2013 12:58:52 PM

You have to clean in off and reapply new stuff
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January 10, 2013 1:20:59 PM

darth pravus said:
You have to clean in off and reapply new stuff


With rubbing alcohol right?
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a b à CPUs
January 10, 2013 1:30:13 PM

That is correct, and a q tip.
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January 10, 2013 1:35:49 PM

darth pravus said:
That is correct, and a q tip.


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?
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January 10, 2013 1:44:35 PM

A small amount on the CPU and using the pressure of putting on the heatsink to spread it or a line down the center.
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a b à CPUs
January 10, 2013 1:44:56 PM

Less is more when it comes to thermal paste though remember
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January 10, 2013 1:57:36 PM

darth pravus said:
A small amount on the CPU and using the pressure of putting on the heatsink to spread it or a line down the center.


Thanks for your help
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January 10, 2013 1:59:04 PM

Best answer selected by mgx42.
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January 10, 2013 2:09:15 PM

Thank you all for the help you've given me. I selected the answer that best fit the original post, other than that many of you had some great enlightening info so I thank you for that.
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