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Five year old unopened boxed CPU – is the stock thermal compound still good?

I have obtained an unopened, sealed, boxed CPU dating back to 2009. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 with heatsink + thermal compound pre-applied. Is the stock thermal compound still OK to use after ...
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Should thermal compund be replaced after the heat sink is taken off?

I recently took apart a Dell Inspiron N5110 Laptop to clean the cooling fan and other stuff. This involved removing the heat sink as well. I did not put on new thermal compound when I put things back. ...
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Does the color of a heatsink affect its performance in dissipating heat?

I know that heatsinks come in different fin forms and those different fin forms affect the way how they dissipate heat. However, there's something I could not get about them and it's their color. Can ...
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1answer
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Can I replace my notebook's fan without replacing the heat sink?

My laptop (Acer Travelmate 8204) has started making a grinding noise, which seems to be coming from the fan (not the hard drive). Some articles online mention replacing the fan, but others imply that ...
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1answer
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Can I use an LGA 1156/1155 heatsink on an LGA 1150 motherboard?

I'm considering moving to Haswell from Nehalem by just getting a new mobo and CPU, but I'm not sure if I can keep my current heatsink. Can an LGA 1156 heatsink be mounted on to an LGA 1150 ...
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Are Socket C32 and socket 940 coolers compatible?

I would like some confirmation - would a heatsink for Socket 940 fit on socket C32? I ask this because a lot of coolers do not specify this socket, while specifying S940. However, the mounting holes ...
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1answer
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Orientation of PC during burn-in?

I heard a rumor that when you build a new PC, you are supposed to "burn" it in for about 24 hours so the thermal paste will correctly bond between the heatsink and the CPU. Assuming this is really ...
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What is the gum like thing on the heat sink?

See the attached picture. What is the gum like thing? Should I replace it with thermal paste? Thanks! Update Thank you guys! I replaced it with new thermal paste and my laptop is not burning ...
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Which of these heatsink technology would be better?

as per this question I think I should direct this question to this site. Having been a computer enthusiast for a while I have yet to build my own computer, but I'm at it now for this Christmas period ...
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1answer
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Heatsinks and Xeon E5 CPUs

I've constructed a server that uses 2 Xeon E5-2620 CPUs and per Intel's recommendation I'm in the process of ordering a heatsink and I'm slightly concerned about thermal management. The case I'm using ...
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Pentium 4 3.4 GHz cooling

I have an old Northwood compatible Shuttle XPC that I upgraded from a 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 (Northwood) to a 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 (Northwood). Now, I'm wondering if it is cooling it well enough. I've seen it ...
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Is it safe to place heat sink such that it joins multiple voltage regulators?

This is quite possibly a stupid question, but the GPU cooler I bought leaves me with little choice but to position heat sinks such that they straddle and join multiple voltage regulators. Is this a ...
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Took off heatsink in my laptop, “gum” underneath gpu requires paste?

So I had a bad experience with my laptop when cleaning out the vent. I had to remove the heatsink to clean it out, but then the computer turned off constantly. I opened it up again and I applied ...
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2answers
362 views

Does the height of a CPU's heatsink affect the cooling?

The CPU of my computer has a quite tall (about 1.5in I think) heatsink compared to the one my friend's computer had, and this question has been in my mind for a while. Does the height of a CPU's ...
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1answer
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Can I use an old sempron stock heat sink with a Phenom II processor?

I'm upgrading from an old AMD Sempron 140 to a Phenom II 945. The motherboard will be the same. Assuming I'm not planning to overclock, can I still use the same stock AMD heat sink that came with ...
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XSensors is giving me scary readings ?

I am these readings from XSensors, really scary can someone tell me what might be wrong with my system. I did replace the thermal compound with Cooler Master HTK-002 still no difference the ...
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3answers
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i7 with aftermarket heatsink still hot

I have an i7 2600 processor running with an after market coolermaster heatsink. I've tried two different aftermarket heatsinks and the stock. The cpu runs at idle around 40-45c in my room that is ...
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Thermal Pad Size CPU/Heatsink

If using a 2mm thick thermal pad to connect the CPU to the heatsink, does the size of the pad matter? Should it be cut to the size of just the metal piece in the middle of the CPU (10mm x 10mm) or ...
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1answer
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One core constantly 6C hotter than than the other on a C2D. Is that a problem?

I have an M465-E Gateway laptop that I've upgraded with a T7200 C2D processor. The heatsink in the laptop wasn't designed for a C2D and has some gaps and the heatpipe placement is probably a bit off. ...
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3answers
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How can I identify the weak link in my system's cooling?

For fear that this question is too specific, I'm posing the general question first and including details of my own situation below. General Question If I know that my system is overheating (to the ...
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1answer
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Serious CPU overheat issue

So I have had a look at this post and am still somewhat in the mire. My computer is: CM Stack Case, Tagan 900W PSU, Gigabyte K8NSNXP, 2 Gig Corsair something or other RAM, AMD 64 X2 4400+, 3 HDD (2x ...
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3answers
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Generic socket 940 CPU fan for HP XW9300 interchangeable with HP part number 411454-001

I'm trying to find a generic Socket 940 CPU fan that will fit the air duct in an XW9300. Note that two different CPU fan mounting schemes have been used on this machine. One has two grommets in ...
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2answers
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What's the proper way to remove thermal paste from a CPU?

I'm replacing the heatsink on my CPU, and want to clear the current thermal paste. What should I do?
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1answer
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Can I use LGA775 heatsink on LGA1156 CPU?

Will cooler that is designed to LGA775 CPUs install on LGA1156 CPU or are they mechanically incompatible? I'm building my first 1U server and surprise-surprise - Intel stock cooler doesn't fit ...
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6answers
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Is it OK to use toothpaste instead of thermal paste when fitting a CPU?

I was told many years ago to do this by someone who at the time knew more than I did. The CPU was a celeron in the Pentium 2 era. It ran cooler with the toothpaste between the chip and the heatsink ...
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4answers
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Replacing fan on stock AMD AM3 heatsink with a quieter one? [closed]

I've recently built a new PC which includes the AM3 Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition processor. I've been using the stock heatsink and fan because I can't get any aftermarket coolers to get my CPU as ...
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Can I remove and put back the heatsink of my processor without reapplying thermal paste

If I remove the heatsink from my processor temporarily, then later put it back without changing the heatsink or CPU, do I need to reapply thermal paste?