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Thread: Dirty heatsink, no thermal paste.

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    All right I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this question, but I'll try anyway.

    My heatsink is in desperate need of cleaning, but I don't have any thermal paste on hand and don't want to go out and buy any (too lazy). So can I remove my heatsink, clean it being very careful and replace it using the same thermal paste and be "ok"?

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    Just clean it up and smear some toothpaste on the die, it'll stay minty fresh

    But seriously, It shouldn't be a problem. I've reused the thermal paste before (not on my own computer mind you) and it didn't blow up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by necromantic View Post
    Just clean it up and smear some toothpaste on the die, it'll stay minty fresh

    But seriously, It shouldn't be a problem. I've reused the thermal paste before (not on my own computer mind you) and it didn't blow up.
    lol, feeling the awesome influx of confidence!

    I think I'll just go out to the local store :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbucari1 View Post
    I think I'll just go out to the local store :\
    Please do, we'll all sleep better.
    Here's a shootout between 33 different TIMs.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    They sell thermal paste in Radio Shack now if you're in the US or Can. I have done this too in a pinch but I would always get some paste on there asap

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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mbucari1 View Post
    I think I'll just go out to the local store :\
    Please do, we'll all sleep better.
    Here's a shootout between 33 different TIMs.
    Wow, cheap AND the best according to the review.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=ocz%2bfreeze

    Quote Originally Posted by Detale View Post
    They sell thermal paste in Radio Shack now if you're in the US or Can. I have done this too in a pinch but I would always get some paste on there asap
    I might just do that tomorrow. We have a RS in town, I'll check what they have. I'm also running with the stock fan/sink that came with the e6600 retail (yeah, I know) a year and a half ago. I think it's time for a HS upgrade too :\

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    Also they have a paste by Dynex (Best Buy no frills) in Best Buy for $10. I haven't used it but I know it's there too

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    Picked up a 3.5g tube of this stuff today. Gonna apply later tonight.

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    A little dab'll do ya.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    A little dab'll do ya.
    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticSilver
    The 3.5 gram tube contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates.
    Seriously

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