Based on the answers on this question, I'll probably go buy some new thermal paste. Unfortunately, the marketplace is flooded with spiffy-sounding products at wildly varying prices. I might just go to the local store and buy whatever mid-range product they happen so sell, but before I just do something stupid I'd like to learn more:
- What material should the paste be made of? Does it matter?
- How important is the heat conductivity? Are there big differences?
- For anything less than bleeding-edge systems, does the choice of paste actually matter? Why?
What specifics should sway me to spend more (or less!) money on thermal paste?
This question is for reassembling a mid-range system. I'm sure that high-end overclocking gurus would very likely choose products that aren't necessary for mainstream customers.
Update: the price range for a small container is only €3-€6 so buying the best is easily affordable. I'd just like to understand if there's any sense in that; learning never hurts.