Is it mandatory to replace my thermal paste?

November 12, 2010 at 16:29:29
Specs: Windows 7
I cleaned out the dust off the fan and heatsink of my laptop without knowing what the thermal paste was, I just followed an instruction video and covered the processor with as much of the previous paste.
It said that the heatsink should be tightly pressed against the processor.

Before I cleaned out my fan and heatsink, the heat was most noticeable on the keyboard directly above the fan when I played games.

After cleaning the dust out, I never feel the same intensity of heat compared to before. And I noticed that the air going out the vent is relatively stronger than before.

But I just want to know if I should still go ahead and replace the thermal paste.
I'm asking because it's such a bother to take out every piece again just to get to the laptop's fan and heatsink.

Thanks for your input.

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November 12, 2010 at 17:35:00
I would definitely recommend replacing the paste. Clean the old paste off with rubbing alcohol. Purchase a quality paste and follow directions.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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