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December 9, 2001 8:56:31 PM

hi i've just recently built a new anthlon system out of the 1.2 ghz tbird retail version.....i had to reseat the cpu after the intial startup and some of the thermal past was melted and i tried to reseat in the same position but it was hard.....i was wondering if i should just go out and get some thermal paste and reseat again??? my cpu temp is running around 50 degrees C... Will the lack of contact affect me later???

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December 9, 2001 9:07:54 PM

YES

i really REALLY suggest u dont try using the same thermal pad twice. some have fried their chips that way.

the 'melt on' thermal pads are supposed to be used once only.

scrape off the pad, then use thermal grease for any future applications.
you will most likely run considerably cooler using grease too, unless u use too much.

only the smallest amount is required, unless the bottom of your heatsink is very rough or scratched.



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December 9, 2001 10:45:29 PM

my cpu temps stays at 50 degrees C....so that would probably mean that there's good contact and no need to get more thermal compound??
cuz i really don't want to mess with it nemore than i have to

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December 9, 2001 11:09:01 PM

well u seem to be fortunate.

if the CPU is working. dont mess with it.

if you want to remove the HSF in the future, i suggest u scrape off the gunk.


the main issue is this:
when u first put on the HSF and turn on, the heat melts the gunk into shape, filling all the microscopic gaps.

problem is its not as good the second time round, and even worse, when u take your HSF off there is a square cpu shamed hole in the hunk. if its not put back on accurately the core could be caught on one of the edges in the gunk, and large portions of the core's surface would not be actually touching anything.

if that were the case, it would most likely overheat before the gunk had a chance to remelt.

thermal pads really are for beginners. use once solutions.

besides, its well known that those heat pads dont have the best thermal properties. a thin layer of thermal paste is much better.

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December 10, 2001 3:46:30 AM

Poobah is perfectly right, never use the same tim twice, it is very dangerous to the cpu.

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December 10, 2001 9:34:51 AM

Higher temps will shorten the lifetime of your CPU.
I suggest that you reseat your hsf with good thermal grease (such as Arctic Silver) just to be sure you don't run into problems with it.

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December 10, 2001 2:30:30 PM

Deffinetly Change to grease. You'll find lower temps. Try this place
<A HREF="http://www.3dfxcool.com" target="_new">if you live in US</A>
or
<A HREF="http://www.scan.co.uk" target="_new">if you live in uk</A>

If you don't live in either - then erm... Some one will know.

But I wouldn't use the puter again till you get your thermals sorted - you don't want to fry your cpu.

Hope this helps.

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December 10, 2001 3:44:10 PM

Quote:
Higher temps will shorten the lifetime of your CPU.


His CPU might only last for 20 years instead of 25. 50C won't hurt much.

BTW, Rassler. It's 'Athlon', not 'Anthlon'.

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December 10, 2001 4:08:43 PM

You're right FatBurger. But lower temps are only better for your system.

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December 11, 2001 1:04:58 PM

However spending 50 bucks to achieve 5 c lower is NOT.


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December 11, 2001 8:52:14 PM

lol fat burger....sorri me no types good...hehe

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