Thermal Compound

  Rossi#1 09:22 10 May 2007

I finished a self build only to discover the mobo was faulty. The replacement is about to arrive today but I have a new problem.
When I dismantled everything I had to seperate the heatsink from the CPU. Although it has never been used yet will I still have to clean off the the thermal compound thats on it and replace?

  Technotiger 09:38 10 May 2007

Hi, yes you do need to clean off and replace the thermal paste.

  Rossi#1 09:44 10 May 2007

Thanks technotiger. It seems to be one thing after another. What do I need to buy to remove it properly?

  Gongoozler 09:45 10 May 2007

Rossi#1, not only do you need to remove the compound, but you must make sure that it is immaculately clean. Even a small residue of dried compound will prevent the close mating of the two surfaces required to transfer about 100W of heat.

  Gongoozler 09:45 10 May 2007

I find that meths usually does the job.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:03 10 May 2007

How to clean and apply click here

  Rossi#1 20:48 10 May 2007

Funny thing, but I went into the chemist today and asked for isopropyl alcohol and got a look like I just asked for arsenic.
Anyway, my mums nail varnish remover did the trick and hopefully I got the right amount compound on it.
Put the case together today and pleased to say my first self-build finally started up.
It really is satisfying.

  skidzy 21:23 10 May 2007

Well done Rossi :-)) i know the feeling after building my first pc last year...very satisfiying.

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