What type of thermal paste do i need ?

February 4, 2012 at 12:11:06
Specs: Windows Xp, Intel Pentium 4 (2.6 Ghz) 1.75 GB RAM
Hello, i have a Pentium 4 2.6Ghz Socket 478 mPGA i bought it a couple months back and i don't know how long it has gone for since it's last top up on thermal paste , does anybody know how much i should put on the CPU, what i should use to clean off the old paste and which of the three types do i need to use for re-applying the paste.

Thanks

Ben


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#1
February 4, 2012 at 12:18:04
Not quite sure what you mean by "top up". You should only need to use more thermal paste if your remove and replace the heatsink. If it's working OK then leave well enough alone.

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#2
February 4, 2012 at 12:24:06
By "top up" i mean scraping off the old paste and applying new paste, i also dont know how long ago new thermal paste was added so it could be running on the old stuff it was sent out the factory with the box you see is 9 years old (2003), running on the same old stuff must do something and by the way the Box is a HP d530 SFF Plus also i have bought this 2nd hand and im taking the heatsync out and putting it back in after applying the paste

Thanks and i await your reply

Ben


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#3
February 4, 2012 at 12:57:28
Replace thermal paste if CPU temperature is high.
The oold paste must be removed and this is the best way to apply thermal paste
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/arti...

Buy cheap silicon based thermal paste.

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#4
February 4, 2012 at 13:02:11
im hitting 38 degrees full load when i was like 33 degrees with full load i think . i dont know , does it matter if it hasnt risen but i just want it to have another coat just to be on the safe side? , ihave had my pc freeze past couple days and i think its due to the heatsync not cooling it properly because when it freezes i have to turn it off and when i try to turn it back on it does a beep then the power light flashes red and beeping at the same time, it might be a heatsync problem + its been 8/9 years and i think it deserves a new application of thermal paste

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#5
February 4, 2012 at 13:14:55
If you have disturbed the heatsink then you must clean off old thermal paste and apply new. There are hundreds of web pages showing you how to do this - just Google. But if you haven't disturbed the heatsink then there is no need to change the thermal compound; in fact you may do more harm than good if you don't do it properly.

Whatever, you don't need another coat - too much thermal paste is as bad as too little so there's no question of "topping it up". If you do replace it be sure to thoroughly clean the cpu and heatsink before applying it (again Google will tell you all you need to know).

Overheating is more likely to be caused by a dust build-up in the heatsink, or just general dust build up in the computer. Blow it out with compressed air. And clean any filters.


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#6
February 4, 2012 at 13:19:32
You don't need new thermal paste.
High CPU temp can cause system to freeze but in your case it is not CPU or heatsink or thermal paste problem.

Grab memtest and start to test the RAM.
Ver 4.0a - Windows (zip) ISO image for creating bootable CD
http://www.memtest86.com/

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#7
February 4, 2012 at 13:25:32
Ok then thanks , i think i might do a coat of thermal paste on my other pc which is a Compaq sg3200 and i will do this just to be on the safe side, i also need to update my video card as its hitting 60 degrees and it made my pc just shut off a couple of weeks back

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#8
February 4, 2012 at 13:31:59
38c underload for a CPU is very good. U don't mess with the heatsink unless u have high CPU temp or bad heatsink fan.
Whats wrong with Compaq sg3200?

What video card do u have?
60 degrees underload or idle?

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#9
February 4, 2012 at 13:40:11
Thermal paste does NOT wear out. 38C under load is excellent, there's no reason for you to do anything. It seems to me you want to apply new paste just for the practice of applying new paste, not because it needs to be done.

"i also need to update my video card as its hitting 60 degrees and it made my pc just shut off a couple of weeks back"

A GPU temp of 60C is nothing to worry about either. If your system shutdown, it's unlikely the GPU running at 60C was the cause.


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#10
February 4, 2012 at 13:43:01
Excellent riider +1

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#11
February 4, 2012 at 14:21:46
thanks for the information, i wil probaly do the practice on my old SG3200

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#12
February 4, 2012 at 14:23:32
On my sg3200 im hitting like 50 something degrees and my laptop is horrible it hits 81 degrees, plus my HP is only for upgrading so i will put some in for some practice and fit an upgrade of ram and a video card whilst im at it

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