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Installing a cpu

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Robert Mitchell, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Robert Mitchell

    Robert Mitchell

    Mar 28, 2002
    I’ve got a Pentium 4 Processor, 2.4 Ghz, 478 pins, as a replacement. Looking at the heat sink that came with the processor, there’s a silver patch that looks like some kind of thermal conductor. Reading the installation instructions on Intel’s website, it seems that I shouldn’t use thermal grease on the heat sink. Should I go ahead and put some grease on the heat sink or should I skip this step?
  2. AZ-Boog


    Apr 19, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    Scrape that ***** (the thermal pad)off of there and clean the surface thoroughly and use a quality thermal compound.

    AS5 or whatever the latest is.

  3. 45acp4me

    45acp4me Pissed puppet

    May 11, 2001
    Farmington, MI
    Use thermal compound, but just make sure you are very careful not to over apply if its a conductive type. Rule of thumb, if it's silver or copper, it will conduct, the white stuff will not.
  4. Use one or the other.Don't use grease with the pad.You can do away with the pad if you use a good thermal compound(grease).Don't mix the two.
  5. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    the thermal pad is adequate. the grease is better, but not hugely. there's a reason they sell a premade heatsink/fan combo and warranty it. you might gain 2-3C on temps with arctic silver, that's fairly certain. whether you need it depends on whether you overclock, how intense the programs are running on your machine, whether you game or do large renders, video edits.

    if you stress heck out of your machine for any reason, yeah, 2 or 3 degrees matters. HOWEVER.. for 95% of all computers, no, it's pointless to worry about it. a home comp that's not gamed on by teenagers every day? nah. not important.

    and that said, i use arctic silver on every one of MY machines, and DO overclock, and swear by it. but it's like pirellis on a honda.

    unless you race that honda, you're wasting good money to no purpose.
  6. Robert Mitchell

    Robert Mitchell

    Mar 28, 2002
    I'm not going to overclock the cpu. I use it to play games like Doom and Halo once or twice a week for a couple of hours. I also have a tv tuner, dvd drive and a 7.1 surround sound card installed to play music and movies. I mainly use the machine to surf the web and for stuff I bring home from work.
  7. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

    May 22, 2003
    North Carolina
    Just my opinion but given the small cost of thermal compound, I would scrape the crap off and use Arctic Silver 5. Even if you aren't going to stress it that much 2-5 degrees is still 2-5 degrees and cooler is always better :)
  8. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    Exactly. Cooler PC's live longer than hotter ones, even when the difference in temperature is not that large.

    Just putting a small 80mm case fan in a Dell or other OEM POS usually makes them run better. If the PSU can handle the extra load, that is...OEM PSU's are marginal at best.

    I always use AS Ceramique,'s cheap, nonconductive and gives the lowest possible temperatures.