bobboobles wrote:Just need to make sure you case is wide (or "tall") enough to accommodate the tower style heatsink. For the most part if you have a mid tower and up case it should be fine. The Hyper 212+ is not a high tower to begin with.Microcenter has them for $19.99 and I'm thinking about grabbing one for my i7-860. It gets pretty hot during the summer in my room (80F and up) and I'd like a better, quieter cooler than the stock Intel.
bobboobles wrote:Unless you are overclocking a lot and have a really hot room, I suppose the paste that comes with the HSF should be ok enough. Since you are going to a Microcenter, perhaps you can get them to open it up to show you the paste is there?Would it be much better to use Arctic Silver anyways? An extra $13
bobboobles wrote:Some say Goo Gone is good. I use 99% alcohol. You will also need something to wipe the surfaces down, such as q-tips. Then some canned air to make sure remaining fibres are gone. You probably need to buy something to begin with.And lastly, what do you use to clean the old paste from the CPU? I see the Arctic Silver Cleaner and that's another $6-8. I'd rather not spend as much on paste and cleaning supplies as the new cooler itself!
bobboobles wrote:Too bad you did not take pictures, or you can add to this discussion. May be next time.Cleaned off the CPU with Goof Off and alcohol and got to work on the new heat sink. The thermal paste that comes with it is certainly a paste. I thought it would be thinner, but this is pretty thick and dry. I smeared it into the cracks between the heat pipes and kinda played the rest by ear. I read this and basically did what he did except I did 3 lines since there's more spaces on my heat sink.