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Windows 7: What thermal paste would be beneficial to my computer?

12 Oct 2014   #1
Joe badams

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
What thermal paste would be beneficial to my computer?

My computer has recently gotten warmer than it's suppose to (which as a results often shuts down due to it overheating) and I have been meaning to get around and changing it.

The only thing that's putting me off is what is the best brand to go for thermal paste? Is there factors I should look into before buying?

Oh, I used toothpaste as a temporary solution until I can get some proper paste.

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12 Oct 2014   #2

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A lot of folks recommend Arctic Silver.

Arctic Silver Incorporated - Arctic Silver 5
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12 Oct 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

Ditto. But, using anything water-based is quite hazardous as the heat from the CPU will destroy it in short order.
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13 Oct 2014   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

The brand of paste used isn't critical. Temps will vary, but over a small range--within the margin of error.

Much more important that you worry about cleaning off existing paste, applying the correct amount of the new paste in the recommended manner, and properly mounting a decent cooler.
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13 Oct 2014   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I like Arctic MX-4. It's non-conductive, making it almost goof proof, and doesn't require a lengthy burn in period.
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