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Windows 7: thermal paste dried after 2 weeks ?!

12 May 2014   #1
zap9x

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thermal paste dried after 2 weeks ?!

i didnt really noticed it , but now comes to think of it i remember after i bought my PC for 2 weeks , i opened the case and check the fan , because it was misplaced and it was making loudsy noises , and i saw the thermal paste dried , like totally dried , i didnt know alot about PCs back then ... but now my PC starts to act weird , its laggy and my PC crash because of high temp sometimes , so the question is , should i be worry about the CPU ? , was it 2nd hand when i bought it ? , i mean , what kind of paste last 2 weeks ?! i didnt see the intel trade mark in the CPU box , and i bought it from my aunt so its really weird , and her store have bad reputation already ... so .. if she abused me just for some extra bucks i need to know.


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12 May 2014   #2
Gator

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Well, you can always add more paste. You can check your CPU by going to Start > Right click Computer > Properties and read what it says in "Processor" to make sure it matches what you bought or were supposed to get.

You may want to make sure your fans are working properly if you're crashing due to temps. It's possible that your fan it simply defective.
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12 May 2014   #3
zap9x

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ty for fast reply.
well i have done some researches and i found out that all i3-3220 runs at 50+ *C after a while of gaming , but still that paste last too fast and it makes me worry that the CPU is 2nd hand and that paste was there before , not new.
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12 May 2014   #4
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ty for fast reply.
well i have done some researches and i found out that all i3-3220 runs at 50+ *C after a while of gaming , but still that paste last too fast and it makes me worry that the CPU is 2nd hand and that paste was there before , not new.
It's possible but without seeing the PC myself, it would be hard to tell whether or not it was completely new and/or you got older/used parts.

Was the Hard Drive included with the PC?
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12 May 2014   #5
AddRAM

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This is what I use and recommend

Arctic Alumina
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12 May 2014   #6
zap9x

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ty for fast reply.
well i have done some researches and i found out that all i3-3220 runs at 50+ *C after a while of gaming , but still that paste last too fast and it makes me worry that the CPU is 2nd hand and that paste was there before , not new.
It's possible but without seeing the PC myself, it would be hard to tell whether or not it was completely new and/or you got older/used parts.

Was the Hard Drive included with the PC?
nope ... i belonged to my old PC .... if i destroy my PC to pieces and take pictures of it would it help ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
This is what I use and recommend

Arctic Alumina
ty
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12 May 2014   #7
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

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ty for fast reply.
well i have done some researches and i found out that all i3-3220 runs at 50+ *C after a while of gaming , but still that paste last too fast and it makes me worry that the CPU is 2nd hand and that paste was there before , not new.
It's possible but without seeing the PC myself, it would be hard to tell whether or not it was completely new and/or you got older/used parts.

Was the Hard Drive included with the PC?
nope ... i belonged to my old PC .... if i destroy my PC to pieces and take pictures of it would it help ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
This is what I use and recommend

Arctic Alumina
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Not really but you need to add thermal and I'd suggest getting a new fan. Since its already going to be apart (assuming you do as we suggest) you could take a picture of it but it wont do us much good now that its installed and has been running and tinkered with before.

Where I was going with the hard drive question was if it was with the PC you got from the shop, you could have checked the life of the hard drive and get a general idea of how long its been used. That wouldn't be a fool proof way of telling whether or not the CPU was used but I would guess if they tried to give you a used PC and said it was new, the CPU probably would have been with that system.

It's hard if not impossible to tell whether or not it was previously used as I don't know of any software off hand that checks the lifespan (usage) of a CPU.
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12 May 2014   #8
zap9x

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

kk ... i guess i wont do any tinkering ... but!
Actually .... i remember the exact date and month i got the hard drive , it was 14/1 chinese calendar 2012.
i'll try to guess some thermal paste for the CPU as soon as possible .... i guess now i should take off the side door of the case and get it to somewhere have better airflow. ty for your suggestion
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12 May 2014   #9
Gator

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kk ... i guess i wont do any tinkering ... but!
Actually .... i remember the exact date and month i got the hard drive , it was 14/1 chinese calendar 2012.
i'll try to guess some thermal paste for the CPU as soon as possible .... i guess now i should take off the side door of the case and get it to somewhere have better airflow. ty for your suggestion
No, I don't mean tinkering as in a bad thing. I mean, you already took it out to check what is wrong so that would have contributed to anything that we could see as previous use.

Opening up the case on a permanent basis isn't a good idea. Dust could get in there and cause more problems.

I would open it up, get some compressed air cans and get any dust out of it. Buy a new fan, usually they come with thermal paste (or at least get thermal paste if you can't get a fan, fans are typically 20-30 bucks for a PC that isn't doing any crazy gaming). You could try bunching cables together for better airflow inside the case as well.

If you do the above, and problems still persist, come back and we can try to troubleshoot from there.
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12 May 2014   #10
zap9x

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.... well i havent took it out ... all i did was just remove the fan to clean it and install it the right way to get rid of the noise so the CPU should be good as new.
and my boss should be paying me in 2 days ... is it bad to open the case and get a fan to blow air at it for 48 hours ?
im not sure if i can buy a fan ... i have alot of debts on my head ... buying a fan worth 15$+ right now could destroy my reputation ...
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