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    Default Compound on heatsink

    Ok, today I removed the temp probe from under the heatsink and on top of the processor. I put back everything but noticed where it was some compound solution was not there at all.

    Should i use a q tip or something and put some of the compound onto that spot of the processor? Or do you think the "stick" of it on the heatsink already will just fill it right in fine.

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    The proper way is to clean off all of the old compound and reapply new compound. The compound is not really recyclable and should be properly cleaned and reapplied every time the heatsink is removed.
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    Default Re: Compound on heatsink

    compounds just purchasable at any computer store?

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    Yes they should be available at most computer repair places. A lot of people here recommend the ArcticSilver line of compound but almost any good interface compound will do the trick unless you get into the overclocking scene. (Temp differences between the good stuff and the great stuff is usually less than 5 degrees.)

    It is best to clean both cpu and heatsink with isopropyl alcohol (90%) and then apply a very thin layer of the compound. Check out this page: http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...structions.htm
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    Default Re: Compound on heatsink

    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieDawg
    Yes they should be available at most computer repair places. A lot of people here recommend the ArcticSilver line of compound but almost any good interface compound will do the trick unless you get into the overclocking scene. (Temp differences between the good stuff and the great stuff is usually less than 5 degrees.)

    It is best to clean both cpu and heatsink with isopropyl alcohol (90%) and then apply a very thin layer of the compound. Check out this page: http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...structions.htm
    The difference between "good" and "great" is actually less, but some of the "better" compounds simply have easier application methods, which makes people less likely to do a bad job. The difference between a good compound and a bad one, though, is huge.

    But yeah, PrairieDawg has it right. Clean it off with 99% (or has high as you can find) Isopropyl rubbing alcohol and (if possible) some lint-free lens cleaner or any lint-free fabric.

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    Default Re: Compound on heatsink

    thanks guys always been a help!

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