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#1 Amna Umen

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 09:13 AM

Good morning I just had a quick question.

 

While building my first PC in years I was testing to see which way the heat sink went in relation to my motherboard and CPU. the heat sink was on the CPU for less than 5 seconds and when I took the heat sink off to put it on the right orientation there was a little bit of the thermal compound on the CPU. Should I reapply the compound or was it on there for short enough for it to not seal? When I started the computer it ran in the BIOS at about 30-35 degrees Celsius. Is this a normal temperature for a six-core processor? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

It sounds like it's OK.  The temperature in BIOS suggests the heatsink was correctly attached, but if it gets too hot while running you'll know.  If the heatsink was tightened down and removed then it should be reapplied IMO. Clean it up with alcohol or similar and reapply a small amount to the center of the CPU.  If it was just resting there and a bit of the pre-applied paste was left on the CPU, I wouldn't be too concerned myself.  The pressure of the cooler on the CPU should even it out.


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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:26 PM

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 01:39 PM

That's me!  No problem :)


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 11:01 PM

If you applied thermal paste, then pulled the cooler off, you could have trapped air bubbles if you don't reapply, which may damage the CPU. However, running at 30-35 degrees C is very good for a six-core, you should be fine.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:03 PM

It's been running around 45-50 degrees Celsius playing games and 35-45 in normal operations since I started running it. I think it's ok. I may order some compound and reapply it down the line if it starts to act up.






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