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  1.    13 Jul 2016 #1
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    I got all my parts for building my PC. I got an i5 6500 with can MSI board but no video card. The i5 came with its own cooler. I want to know if I should use thermal paste or not. I read that its not needed if you don't have a video card. Is this true?
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  2.    13 Jul 2016 #2
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    Absolutely not! Thermal Paste between the CPU and CPU Cooler is an absolute must. The factory cooler is not very good, but it should have paste pre applied. Thermal paste on the CPU has nothing to do with a graphics card. You have to have thermal paste.
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  3.    13 Jul 2016 #3
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    i agree with essenbe you need thermal paste between the cpu and cpu cooler what does thermal paste has to do with graphics that guy was probably trolling you
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  4.    13 Jul 2016 #4
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    Thanks guys. Now, I got thermal paste that's about 5 years old. Do you think its still good enough to use?
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  5.    13 Jul 2016 #5
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    hmm 5 years old im not sure about that if it was me i would buy new thermal paste but if its working why not use it
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  6.    13 Jul 2016 #6
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    When I buy a CPU or replacement cooler [finned heat sink and fan] I always buy the little tube of Arctic Silver. A few dollars spent will prevent much more cost later if the CPU overheats. The tube will do a few or more installs.
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  7.    13 Jul 2016 #7
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    If you are going to use the Intel cooler (which I can't recommend) it has thermal paste pre applied.
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  8.    13 Jul 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    If you are going to use the Intel cooler (which I can't recommend) it has thermal paste pre applied.
    Ok, so I shouldn't apply new paste since its got some pre-applied. Sounds good.

    But why don't you recommend the heat sink? I won't be gaming on it until I buy a graphics card for it later this year.
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  9.    14 Jul 2016 #9
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    It's just not very efficient, but a lot of people use them. If you don't push the computer real hard, it will probably be OK. If all the parts are new, it should be OK. You shouldn't need to clean of any older thermal paste. Just make sure the plastic 'legs' are completely secured. There should be no movement of the cooler once it is secured.
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  10.    14 Jul 2016 #10
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    If paste is pre-applied it probably has some protection on it, maybe just thin plastic, make sure you remove it. Just couple of days ago I heard from a guy that bought factory assembled computer with that protector left on and was badly overheating.
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