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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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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Second Fan Mounting Brackets

I have a Cooler Master Blade Master 120 that I've mounted as a second fan on my Cooler master hyper 212 evo. I'm concerned I may not have properly setup the mounting Brackets. I got two sets of screws ...
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CPU fan spins at post but not in Windows or BIOS

I have been experiencing random crashes and other issues with my machine which lead me to ask questions about troubleshooting Prime95 failures. Unfortunately I Have not yet been able to resolve the ...
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0answers
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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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How unsafe is not tighing screws diagonally?

Image example: When I first installed my Hyper 212 Evo I didn't follow the instructions closely, and did not do the above. The machine seems to runs fine but I'm paranoid I damaged the 3770K in ...
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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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71 views

Remove heatsink to add CPU

So I added the heatsink/fan assembly to the Z77 mPower motherboard without ever adding the i7 CPU. *facepalm* How can I remove this assembly to insert the CPU? It has some plastic snap pieces that I ...
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Computer shuts off after heatsink upgrade

I just recently replaced the stock heatsink that came with the AMD FX-8150 with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and have been having a lot of issues with my computer ever since. I first noticed the ...
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Run AMD Rana 455 CPU without retention bracket securing the heat sink?

I just recently got a 3.3GHz AMD Rana 455 CPU to replace an old X2, but one of the clips on the retention bracket broke off. I have another one ordered, but in the meantime I have some work I need to ...
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2answers
346 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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2answers
244 views

Can someone explain these confusing CPU temperature readings?

So I'm running an i5 in an ASUS P8P67 M-Pro board and for whatever reason I'm getting some confusing tempature readings. HW Monitor is reading my CPUTIN at 92C but my core temps are only at 38C. I've ...
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Will the same heat sink and fan work? [closed]

My friend has a Compaq Presario SR5703WM Desktop PC Product Page He Wanted to upgrade and was gonna get another faster by 600 mhz sempron, after research i told him to get a dual core or quadcore , ...
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Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink?

Should I clean and re-apply thermal paste to my CPU every time I remove the heatsink? It's a bother to remove and re-apply it, plus I wonder if having fresh paste is worth the risk of handling the ...
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1answer
246 views

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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160 views

Installing CPU With an Attached Heat Sink?

I'm replacing the motherboard on my PC. I removed the heat sink, which is still attached to the CPU because of the thermal paste. I noticed that some pins on the CPU are significantly bent, but I ...
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2answers
181 views

Heat Transfer Paste reapplication

I am assembling this PC http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/07/building-a-pc-part-i.html Of course, I'm in Geek Heaven. :D I installed the heat sink fan in the wrong direction, and now I want to ...
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3answers
540 views

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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1answer
390 views

Does i3-2100t stock cooler have preapplied thermal pad?

This might be a dumb question, but I'm currently building an HTPC and am a bit oversensitive about my components! I'm using a intel core i3-2100t processor and I just want to make sure that I don't ...
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464 views

How can I test my heatsink?

Is there any way I can heat up my CPU and see if the heatsink works?
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3answers
1k views

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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2answers
480 views

Do Core i7 heatsinks have the same geometry as my core 2 duo CPU's heatsink?

Do Core i7 heatsinks have the same geometry as my core 2 duo CPU's heatsink? From the look of the stock heatsinks it would seem that they do, however I would like to be sure before moving my Zalman.
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1answer
734 views

core temperature vs CPU temperature

I have recently installed a new heat sink & fan combination on my Core 2 Quad since my CPU was hitting about 70C under load. This has managed reduce temperatures while running Prime95 to about ...
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1answer
791 views

tips for removing stuck heatsink

am having real issues today (possibly due to the previous days festivities). Basically I am trying to remove the stock intel heatsink from a core i3 processor (socket 1156) and the bugget wont come ...
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1answer
311 views

Putting CPU back in

While dusting my PC, I got a bit stupid and tried to pull out the heatsink (with the latches removed) to dust it properly. However, I ended up with the CPU being attached to the heatsink -- apparently ...
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1answer
248 views

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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1answer
585 views

Pulled out CPU with heatsink

I am using a AMD Phenom II X4 965. I was replacing the stock heatsink with an aftermark Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 Rev. 2. When I unlatched the stock heatsink and pulled it from the motherboard, the ...
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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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How to unglue microprocessor from heat sink?

I disassembled a Dell Precision 530 and replaced 5! bad capacitors. I tried to reassemble it but realized that I cannot succeed unless I can remove the microprocessor from the heat sink. The ZIF ...
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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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2answers
559 views

How to apply thermal grease using a paper template

I purchased thermal grease that came with a paper template. The tutorial told me to apply the grease to the template and then attach it to the fan base (heatsink), and then remove the paper and join ...
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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?
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Does Lapping a CPU / Heatsink actually drop the temp?

i've been watching some YouTube vids about Lapping a CPU. I've never heard of this modding technique before and, though extreame, I was wondering if it acutally works? Assuming you lap your cpu ...