as a test i let the computer run the seti@home thing (intensive computing) for about 4 hours and the cpu temp only raised from 40C to 48C and the max temp is like 75C. I'm thinking that everything should be ok but as a necessary precaution i still would lid to replace this damaged thermal interface material. do you know how i could do this? I hear this is some gooey stuff i can just apply to the cpu surface or something like that?
Originally posted by novacain
You mean the white stuff that you smear on the CPU or the CPU's outer case?
White stuff -> No
CPU's outer case -> will atuo off if too hot. So if it turns itself off without warning and won't come back on for a while, then restarts normally, Yes.