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How much thermal grease do I need?

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#1 stebbinsd


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:04 AM

I got a CPU in the mail today, and he included a complimentary tube of thermal grease with it.


Well, either the thermal grease already dried up in the mail, or that tube is empty and he only gave e a complimentary TUBE of thermal grease but not the thermal grease itself. Because there's no grease coming out of the tube when I squeeze it!


I still have a small amount of thermal grease on the CPU fan that I plan on re-using. It's about half the thermal grease the fan came with because the other half is on my old CPU.


I can't go and buy thermal grease right now because all the computer stores are closed until Monday.


Would I be able to manage with the half thermal grease I already have? At least temporarily until I can get some more thermal grease.

Edited by stebbinsd, 22 April 2017 - 11:04 AM.

My current build:


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
Processor: AMD FX-8350
RAM: 12GB (2x2GB+8GB)
Video Card: Geforce GTX 1050ti

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

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#2 nickos


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 11:12 AM

no need for a large amount of thermal paste !


best a thin layer of thermal paste !


some comments from another forum...



#3 britechguy


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 01:38 PM



       Tom's Hardware is one of the "go to" locations for this sort of question, and that's a good thread.


       I think this one, with an embedded video, and links to more of same is one of those "a picture is worth a thousand words" situations and, thus, is even better:



Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

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