I my P4 1.8 did not come with a syringe of thermal compound as specified with the Intel manual. I bought some CompUsa thermal compound but the guy there said I don't need it because the black bottom of the heatsink is the thermal compound. (they didn't have any other thermal compound). What should I do?
Now for the really dumb question. I bought 3 case fans. Two for the front one in the rear. The 2 front are Panaflos with only 2-prongs on the adaptor. The rear one is a 4-prong Enermax adjustable. I thought the front fans should plug into the PSU and should be 4-prongs. Should I return the Panaflow fans or can I plug them into the mobo instead?
Thanks for all of the awesome advice you guys offer. I have had a fun time ordering parts and starting my assembly.
If you don't overclock, the thermal compound (or thermal pad) that came with the CPU will do.
The fans can actually be connected to the mobo if the mobo provides such connectors. Otherwise you could get some adapters to connect them to the PSU directly.
I sure hope those are 512Mb of Samsung DDR memory and not 512K ;-)
BTW, no serious question is dumb. If you ask that's because you don't know the answer, and that's not dumb. Here's an example of dumbness: "My CPU got run over by a train and it doesn't work anymore. Why?"
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Since we're on the subject of thermal compound, would I use ASIII for a video card GPU cooler/RAM sinks? I was thinking of replacing the usually not so great stuff with some better stuff, like ASIII. I'd need it for the CPU HSF anyways. Or do I use some thermak glue or something? Would the GPU cooler stay on with AS3?
as I remember only thermal compound "adhesives" will permanently attach your CPU or GPU core to their heatsink. You'll need a videocard that has hols to hold the HSF in place when using thermal compound. On some videocards like the radeon 8500 that doesn't come with holes so you have to use a thermal compound "adhesive" or glue if you may.
I've popped off the stock HSF on my radeon 8500 and cleaned it thoroughly with alcohol and acetone then I used a thermal compound adhesive to permanently attach the HSF and GPU core together since the videocard has no holes to use the pins on the HSF.