Thermal compound w/ AMD

Hi, this is my first build with PC bigger than 75mhz so Ive never used Thermal compound

I bought the 1.5 AMD and I'll be using the Dragon Orb 3 w/HEAVY brass base heatsink/fan and Coolermaster compound. My concern is what if I don't want this heatsink/fan anymore, do I run the risk of wrecking the face of the CPU using a Thermal compound if i wish to change heatsink later?
Is this stuff like superglue or what?


Also,
I would think you would only want to glue a heatsink to flush surface. The AMD isnt exactly flush with its 1/2" protruding chip. I presume its still alright to glue to this anyways?

As always, thanks for the input!
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  1. No, thermal compound is different from thermal adhesive--adhesive is what is usually used on chipsets/heatsinks on the motherboard and video cards. Compound is what is used on CPUs and heatsinks.

    You can wash the thermal compound easily with warm water and soap, or rubbing alcohol.

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  2. Alluding to another active thread, thermal paste has about the same consistency as toothpaste. Think about getting toothpaste on the mirror. It's a lot easier to put on than it is to take off but it goes on like paste and it comes off like paste. It's not an adhesive.

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  3. Take a look at <A HREF="http://www.arcticsilver.com" target="_new">http://www.arcticsilver.com</A> they have a guide about using thermal paste.

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