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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    If it's REAL thermal grease ( compound ) , it shouldn't turning hard. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for answering my questions Bob! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    I use lighter fluid and a lint free cloth, or mineral spirits. As Bob noted, anything that is non-corrosive and doesn't leave a residue should be OK.
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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Hi Mark!

    I guess I always thought applying the heat-sink compound and fan was more complicated than it now seems to be. "Carefulness" seems to be the byword in regard to this part of the assembly process.

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Carefuleness is the byword for any activity inside the PC.

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Joe nailed it... and with heatsink grease, less is more. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Something I forgot to tell everyone is that the mobo temp is very low, around 20 degrees constantly, while the cpu temp idles at 39 or 40 degrees.

    So now I have a new question. If the airflow through the case were a problem would it also affect the mobo temp? If this is the case than does it appear to you that the airflow is fine since the mobo temp is so low?

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    I think you may be worrying over what be a near normal condition.
    Does the system ever hang or crash when this suspected overheating occurs?
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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Well, there hasn't been a problem yet, but the processor has only been in there one week and my daughter hasn't done anything to really test it yet and put it to hardcore use. I'm having her play America's Army today for two hours straight so we can see what happens. That would be the most processor intensive and heat creating stuff she would do. If it locks up or reboots even once during that two hours I plan to get a new all copper heatsink/fan and hope that making that move would make a difference.

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Not sure how to reply as this is really a detail question and we do not have all the details. Certainly you want the air passing over the heatsink to be a cool as possible. You say the mobo temp is 20, but a) I don't know how or where you are measuring that, and [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] that's like room temperature, at least in my house in the winter, so it sounds low. If there were poor airflow in the case then the temp of ALL the components would be higher than if the air flow were good. Air flow is complicated and you can the equivalent of micro climates within the case. I would just keep using it till a real symptom develops.
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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Thanks for the reply. I know the mobo temp based on the mobo software I'm using to view the temp (a little Asus probe). Anyway, I had my daughter play America's Army yesterday for about 2 hours straight and the cpu temp averaged around 55 celsius, so I think we're in the clear.

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    With the specs for that chip at:

    Min Operating Temperature 50
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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Where can I go just to see what the acceptable temperature range is on this thing? I've gone to Intel's web site and have found nothing but confusing information. Your information scares me a bit, viking, because the cpu averaged 55 degrees celsius during gaming, and averages in the low 40's when doing regular stuff. Frmo the info you supplied the cpu is always beyond the max operating temp of 35 C.

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Bob,
    I do not have temp specs at my finger tips, but I think your numbers are off the mark and are closer to the specs for the operator than the cpu. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
    Max temp should be over 60 C

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    Re: Heatsink compound (thermal grease)

    Ok, So I copied the temp specs from an ENVOIRNMENTAL SYSTEM table, not the chip temp table.
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    Too early in the morning for this "night person"!!!

    This is from another site:
    Pentium 4
    Max. temperature depends much on model and clockspeed, but no clear pattern is visible. Consult Intel's tech specs for information on your particular model.
    (Lowest: P4 Extreme Edition 3.2GHz with 64
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