I just finished to build a computer. I have an Athlon XP 2800+(OEM) assembled on top of a CHAINTECH 7NIL1 SUMMIT mobo with a Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 heatsink and fan.
I used ARTIC SILVER Polysynthetic on the CPU.
After first power up I can smell noxious fumes coming out of the computer. I suspect it may be the thermal compound even tho operating temps show seem to be normal. ABout 43 C for the processor and 32C. for the motherboard under certain amount of load.
However I noticed that the fan speed of the heatsink (which I purchased separate from the CPU)was about 2500 RPM and I am thinking that maybe I should install the manual speed control in order to have better fan performance.
Well you could look at it this way...You would need to heat the thermal compound over 500 Degree's or by formula X's 2 + 30 = 1030 Celsius in order to get it hot enough for it to turn into a vapour (gas) state.
More likely you are smelling the aluminum heatsink bake off some thin film of oil that was present on it.
scuze me, just farted. Smell will drift away soon.
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Many components have a thin shelac coating, which burns off when it gets hot. As long as it's not burning off a transformer, you're fine.
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