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Windows 7: Is it time for new CPU paste?

24 Feb 2017   #1
logo897

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Is it time for new CPU paste?

Hi all,

I always have been working on my grandma's pc which is now 6 years old, but there's a concern I have. She bought it in 2011 and it's getting up there in age. I have already replaced the hard drive for her 1 time and re-installed windows 7.

I notice now that her CPU is getting a bit hot, as I've never pasted it before since it's been applied by the factory.

Her pc model is a dell inspiron 580 with a core i3 550 cpu. 4 gigs of ram and a 1tb hard drive. Windows 7 home premium.

The temps are ranging from 30-50c when in use, and at a full 70 degrees Celsius when at 100% usage with a stress test using cpu-z.

Is it time I apply new thermal paste for her PC? I just did on my PC with the help of another thread on here, and I notice a difference with my temps.

By the way, her CPU max for her PC is around 72 degrees Celsius. I believe the clarkdale CPU's like her cannot have as high of a temp as these newer cpu's.

Thanks


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24 Feb 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

A i7-680 do run a little hotter that others.

Because of the time it's been in use, some new thermal paste is a good idea in my opinion. It would also give you a chance to make sure the heat sink and fans are nice and clean and operating properly.

Jack
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24 Feb 2017   #3
logo897

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
A i7-680 do run a little hotter that others.

Because of the time it's been in use, some new thermal paste is a good idea in my opinion. It would also give you a chance to make sure the heat sink and fans are nice and clean and operating properly.

Jack
Thank you, Jack. That's a good idea considering I haven't opened it up since I replaced the hard drive in 2015.
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24 Feb 2017   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I agree with Jack. New thermal paste and a good internal cleaning are just what the doctor ordered.

And DON'T USE A VACUUM to clean the dust out of the computer. Use compressed air to blow it out.
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25 Feb 2017   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
I agree with Jack. New thermal paste and a good internal cleaning are just what the doctor ordered.

And DON'T USE A VACUUM to clean the dust out of the computer. Use compressed air to blow it out.
X2 on not using a vacuum.
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25 Feb 2017   #6
logo897

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Gotcha, I happen to have 2 cans of compressed air
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25 Feb 2017   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I use a shop vac all the time it does not have any metal on it's hose or it's attachments and works well
It also sucks or blows but I do prefer suction it is less messy
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25 Feb 2017   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I use a shop vac all the time it does not have any metal on it's hose or it's attachments and works well
It also sucks or blows but I do prefer suction it is less messy
Read these:

Should I vacuum my PC? — Ask PC Gamer | PC Gamer

Ask How-To Geek: Why You Should Never Vacuum Your PC, Converting Books for the Kindle, and Controlling Multiple Computers with One Keyboard

There is a fair amount of controversy over this, mostly because one isn't guaranteed to cause ESD with a vacuum cleaner every time it's used so many people get away with it. I feel why take a chance? Btw, static electricity can build up on plastic.
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25 Feb 2017   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yep well to each his/ her own opinion but since adding real filters the inside is fairly spotless
Only have to vac the front filter and bottom filter and I'm done

I believe it's a no brainer not to get the tip too close to anything
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25 Feb 2017   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Yep well to each his/ her own opinion but since adding real filters the inside is fairly spotless
Only have to vac the front filter and bottom filter and I'm done

I believe it's a no brainer not to get the tip too close to anything
Nothing wrong with vacuuming the filters since that is from the outside; heck, I also do that between cleanings. It may be a no brainer for us to not to get too close with the tip, including when using a compressor or high powered blower, but most people do not realize that.

Where I'm at (I live in a desert), a lot of really fine dust gets through the filters but there is no question that filters stops the worst of the dust.
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