Switching to a new CPU cooler.. any advice?

I have a AMD 2000xp processor. when i got it I just bought it with the standard fan.. well it runs kinda hot, like at 56 degrees celcius.
So I bought <A HREF="http://www.allstarshop.com/shop/product.asp?pid=5676&sid=KJQLA98Q78UH8J42MDGXJ36LTH67BWW7" target="_new"> Vantec AeroFlow VA4-C7040 </A> and some artic silver 3 thermal compound. Anything I need to watch for when switching the coolers? The standard fan comes with a thermal pad.. will I need to clean off the processor? and if so with what?

Any advice or links to websites with that info would be appreciated.
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  1. I recently changed fans as well (from a stock fan to a Volcano 7 - It really made a big difference and solved many problems I was having). When switching the fan I very carefully removed the old compound. I bought a new compound kit which came with a thin plastic credit card like tool. After applying a new layer of compound I used the plastic card to evenly spread it on the fan heatsink. I then put the new fan on and everything has been perfect since. (My XP2100+ runs at 46 deg C)
  2. read on how you are suppose to apply the compound before doing so.You can at <A HREF="http://www.quicksilver.com" target="_new">http://www.quicksilver.com</A>

    Life is irrelivent and irrational.

    <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=9933" target="_new"> My Rig </A>
  3. Yes....you DO have to clean all the Junk/crap/residu off of your Processor before you put the new heatsink on.....

    The best things i find to use is a LINT FREE cloth, a coupel Q-Tips and some Rubbing Alcohol.....make sure u get all the gummy thermal pad off of the cpu....than what u do is just apply a tiny drop on the centre of the die of the CPU about ½ the size of a grain of rice.....put the new heatsink on and your done...

    ALSO....sicne your going to be using Arctic Silver 3....make sure your NEW Heatsink DOES NOT have a thermal pad on the bottom of it.....if it does....clean it off with a razor blade than rub the rest off with the same lint-free cloth and rubbign alcohol.....

    <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=13597" target="_new">-MeTaL RoCkEr</A>
  4. the link you provided goes to some software company.

    The instructions are here:
    <A HREF="http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm" target="_new">http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm</A>

    <b>(</b>It ain't better if it don't work.<b>)</b>
  5. Thermal grease should be applied to the CPU, not the heatsink.

    If you cover the heatsink, the stuff that's not trapped between the sink and the CPU becomes a dust magnet and may eventually defeat the entire purpose of having a better cooler.

    <b>(</b>It ain't better if it don't work.<b>)</b>
  6. oops my bad

    Life is irrelivent and irrational.

    <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=9933" target="_new"> My Rig </A>
  7. No Sweat.

    <b>(</b>It ain't better if it don't work.<b>)</b>
  8. Thank you all very much :) .. I knew from reading other things that I needed to clean the old residue off but was never sure what to use. I'll check out the links as well.
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