Amd64 has arrived at my house!! Woot!

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    Amd64 has arrived at my house!! Woot!

    I got a new mobo with amd 64 processor in today. The heatsink comes with a thermal interfact material pre-applied, and the heatsink came with the processor. My question is, will I still have to apply thermal grease?
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    You should wipe that crap off, and wet sand the block on a level surface to ensure a level, even finish. Then use Arctic Silver 3 or 5 and mount it.

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    Good God... don't do that unless you really know what you're doing. Often the factory stuff should work ok.

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    I agree.

    By sanding down the heatsink you can seriously affect it's performance, you'd have a better chance burning up your proc by doing that than just leaving the factory standard stuff there.
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    Eh, proper lapping and performance compound can make night and day differences in performance and reliability.

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    well if you think it's that big of a concern, he should just buy a seperate heatsink and put compound on it himself, rather than mess with the one he has and possibly screw things up...
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    The factory-supplied fan and heat paste on my Athlon64 is VERY loud (sounds like a vacuum cleaner), but still fails to sufficiently cool the PC under high load if the room temperature rises above ~26 degrees Celsius.

    So, if you know what you're doing, I'd say get a better cooling system. If not (like me), leave the stuff that works and make sure your room stays cool, for yourself as much as your PC.
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    No offense.... but thermal paste cannot be "loud".

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    *sigh* I knew someone would post this.

    Ok, here's the version for the pedantic.
    The factory-supplied cooling equipment, consisting of a fan, a cooling block and a patch of thermal paste, is not ideal in that the fan is too loud and the combination fails to keep the CPU temperature below 73C (the default temperature at which the BIOS will refuse to boot) if the room temperature, and thus the temperature of the air that is used for cooling, rises above approximately 26C, which it often does during summer in my room.

    Happy now?

    Besides, you have no idea just HOW loud thermal paste can be...
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    Most "assembly line" heat sinks from the OEM are not even or "level" and therefore do not properly dissipate heat across the cpu. Lapping fixes this, and the use of an aftermarket paste such as AC5, can get u about 3-5 degree's cooler just fom the paste.

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    why not just buy an oem processor and a seperate heatsink? that's what I usually do.
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    I believe that wasn't even possible in my case with the Athlon64. At least not where I was buying.
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    where did you buy it???
    cause that's friggin rediculous
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    It's a small country I live in. There were no bulk versions available, only the packaged ones. And those come with a heatsink and fan.
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    you can order out of country you know...unless austria has some sort of outrageous import tax/law? But anyways I'm sorry to hear that you have limited options.
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