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Now, I have recently decided to upgrade big time, from a Tbird 950 to an Athlon 2500+, I've decided the motherboard, Memory, and the CPU and cooling solution, however, i am wondering if I am in need of thermal paste. With the shim, I have decided to get a ThermalLake Anodized Blue Aluminum Shim (No conductivity). I have no true intention to overclock my machine, plus I am getting a Volcano 9, so cooling should be decent. So, will the extra 5 dollars to get the Arctic Silver III be worth it? Or is the thermal paste a tweaking to the maximum item built solely for overclockers? And will the Thermal Paste work correctly with a CPU Heat Sensor that comes with the Volcano 9 that you put between the CPU and the bottom of the Volcano's heatsink :blink: ?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Oh god, please don't use a shim. lol

 

They're not really good, at all. There is still air inbetween the heatsink and CPU, and you don't want that. Thermal compound gets in all the grooves of the CPU and heatsink to ensure a much better connection and much lower temps! Thermal compound moves heat quicker then air and a shim will anyday!

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oooh, okay, good to know! I've decided to get that Cremlique or whatever it is from Artic Silver. Can someone post a good link that will help me install, i looked at the arctic silver, but i was still very confused. Do i apply Thermal paste to the bottom of the heatsink, and then remove it what a cloth which leaves some in the spaces on the heat sink, and, ack, I need more help than that guide gives ;)

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Screw the link...

I'll just edit this post with directions...Or if you want, IM me at DevilMB3017 on AIM/AOL or MSM.

 

Just take your thermal compound, and push a little out onto your CPU after it has been locked into the ZIF socket. Very little okay, just enough to cover it. Then go get some Saran-wrap type material or a Ziploc type back. Stick your hand in the bag or cover your finger with the wrap. Spread the TIF (thermal interface, same thing as themal compound) over the entire CPU die. (the little silver part of the CPU)

It should be a very thing coat, JUST covering the entire die. Then, place the Volcano 9 on top of the CPU, and latch the non-springed side of the clasps. Then, take a screwdriver and CAREFULLY push down on the springed side of the clip and try to get it latch onto the ZIF sockets 3 little clips. It takes a minute or two your first time, but you'll get the hang of it quickly.

 

Good luck!

Edited by DevilMB3017

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I don't see any problems in using a shim for your cpu. Everything depends really on proper installation. Just be careful and don't rush things especially if you intend to use arctic silver. I've been using both Ttake copper shim and arctic silver II for my Athlon 2400+ and temps are ok and no signs of problems. The only thing shims provide is enough confidence that you won't crush your core. If you already have the shim then try to use believe me it won't affect your temps just make sure of proper installation which you can find on thermaltake's website. goodluck!

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