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#1 RacefanofJr

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:32 PM

When building a gaming desktop computer, what is the absolute BEST thermal paste to use to help keep the proccessor cool. And are there facts to back it up ?
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:41 PM

Quite honestly...there is no reasonable way for anyone to claim a "best" thermal paste. Just about any product sold meets the required specs for such...and the fact that a product claims to be able to withstand higher temps than any system will ever reach...is ludicrous and not pertinett at all to the function of thermal paste.

IMO :)...

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:01 PM

I tend to use arctic silver. However If I wanted to keep the CPU (Processor) running at the lowest temperature I would go liquid cooled. Reading the user reviews is helpful.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:26 PM

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=thermal+compound+comparison+2012&oq=Thermal+Paste+Comparison+2012&gs_l=hp.1.1.0j0i22.0.0.1.3675.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.olQ073xTe4o&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=2abbb22f4a0c88fb&biw=1155&bih=665

Like posted above, there are lots of claims as to what is best, but almost every test shows a different winner.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:32 PM

I personally use Arctic Silver 5 most often. I have also used IC Diamond (Innovation Cooling). It is a bit more expensive than AS5. I noticed that IC Diamond seemed to offer a few degrees lower temperature.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:51 AM

Thank you everybody for the advice. I usualy use Silver Acrtic 5 and so I will keep using it.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:17 AM

Most people use Arctic silver 5. But unless one is made of some special blend that is proven to provide better connection between the heatsink and the CPU... they are all basically the same.




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