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Windows 7: Necessary to repaste processor?

16 Mar 2012   #11
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

bah, others may disagree, but arctic silver does the job.

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16 Mar 2012   #12
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit

As long as it's not total garbage (and the system runs that cool), I wouldn't worry about it:).....Most of the difference between the pastes (that matters anyway) comes into play when you are doing the big overclocks....
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16 Mar 2012   #13

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

I always clean/replace mine, but that's partly because I wouldn't want to chance having to take everything back apart and redo it if the temps were high afterwards. Kind of an attitude that "a little bit screwed now" beats "doubly screwed later on". (This attitude does not necessarily apply to every aspect of my life, in case you were wondering.)

I think the only time I'd say "absolutely must replace" is if you encounter some of that old "bubble gum" stuff that was in favor with some of the cheaper companies a while back. That stuff wasn't worth a hoot to begin with. I also replace it's successor, the thin grey stickum pad that Intel (and others) like to use on their OEM heatsinks whenever I see that.
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16 Mar 2012   #14

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

I cleaned this machine a while ago.

Did exactly what you are suggesting - cleaned thoroughly with qtip and alcohol - then applied a tiny bit of paste.

Can't recall the brand of paste.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is Arctic Silver still out of favor? Last time I got the other stuff at Radio Shack. Cleaned first with q-tip and alcohol. Just a bead and let it spread itself. I still have the video I followed and saved for paste posters. I should ask you hardware experts for reviews.
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16 Mar 2012   #15

W7 Home Premium 32bit

This is quite my forte since I built and maintained all of Price-Waterhouse's machines for three years.

Arctic Silver is still a great product. After the alcohol cleanup (cpu & sink), must polish the metal with a clean lint-free cloth to get off haze.
Credit card is best way for a consistent leveling. I put a dime-sized blob on cpu and run the card four directions twice, leaving a thin film; AND do the bottom of the heat sink with the remainder (same technique). Too much paste will compromise heat transfer. Place heat sink and wiggle, with pressure, about 1/4 inch in all directions. Clip and you're done.

On 24/7 server units, I re-pasted yearly (I could take servers down because of redundancy). Office pc's, after two-three years.
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17 Mar 2012   #16

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit


Here is the recommended application procedure for Arctic Silver 5, direct from Arctic Silver, for AMD processors:

Arctic Silver, Inc. - AMD® Application Methods

For most AMD processors, they recommend a single dot of paste, 5 cubic MM in size--2/3 the size of a BB.

That's a very small amount. If you look at various youtube "instructions", you will see people using way way too much paste.
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17 Mar 2012   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Like wise I've always been the pea size dab in center guy and the proof has always been upon removal and in every case the paste has spread out nicely if not fully to the edges. I don't like to waste so I've never done the credit card spreader but I can see that it could be a superior method for getting all over coverage and not having to have the paste spread via pressure and heat as with the dab method. Either gets it done but care must be taken in the card method as you are getting the material all the way to the cpu edge and if over applied to both surfaces it could creep down to the pins .....heaven forbid.
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17 Mar 2012   #18
Microsoft MVP


Thanks, guys. It seems the video does show too much paste being applied. I'm going to stop linking it. A BB is smaller than a pea as I recall.

If your processor temps are in the 30's do you consider that cool?
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17 Mar 2012   #19

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

30's at idle is cool.

But CPU temps have a high correlation with ambient temps--if you boost your room temp by 10 degrees, CPU temps will jump.

As others have said, load temps are what matters. I wouldn't flinch until they got to the mid 60s.

I idle in the high 30s, but I purposely built a PC with low noise in mind rather than the lowest possible temps.
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17 Mar 2012   #20

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

30's is perfect for idle and if that's under load then I'm having you install all my coolers from here out !
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