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Ok so a year ago I built a box that is now dead, dead motherboard. I am putting everything else in a new gigabit mobo in my same case but I have a question. I put thermal paste on the old processor and I know I can use rubbing alcohol to get it off, but I have had some people tell me that thermal paste isn't even that important in the first place.

Do I really need to take it off and reapply it (im using the same heatsink, just moving cpu and heatsink to a diff motherboard) or can I just move everything and the temp problems shouldn't be that bad?

Running at full load my q6600 with stock cooling never went high above 55C if ever....
 

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Re: Thermal paste and a new mobo

If you took it apart (the cpu/heatsink) so you could see the paste, then you must clean and reapply. To use no thermal paste or old thermal paste means a risk that might burn up your CPU. BTW, make sure you use 90+ alcohol to clean it off, the lower rubbing alcohol has a lot of inert contents that are not the best.

Whoever told you that thermal paste was not that important simply DOES NOT know what they are talking about, so if they help you build this back up, you are in big trouble with their advice. Like to buy a new CPU because it burned up from the lack of thermal protection???? By all means, use thermal paste and follow these directions:

Applying Artic Silver Thermal Paste
 

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Re: Thermal paste and a new mobo

Thanks,

the guy giving me that advice is just someone I play cs with a lot. I didn't take it too seriously but was still curious enough to ask here. Also, should I use q-tips to apply the alcohol or something else?

Thanks again
 

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Re: Thermal paste and a new mobo

Read the link I gave you. I like a soft lint free cloth to do that. Be sure you don't get it on anything else. Tell you friend you took his advice and now need about
$ 300 for a new CPU. See what he says.
 

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Re: Thermal paste and a new mobo

Wow, I sat down to take off the heatsink. Realized that two of the pins that connected it to the mobo were loose. Tightened them. Now the whole thing works fine....
 
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