What Thermal Paste

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Dean-MN, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Dean-MN

    Dean-MN Guest

    I may need to remove and replace a heat sink and will need to reapply the
    thermal paste. While shopping online for a suitable paste my mind nearly
    exploded looking through the hundreds of choices. Is there a best choice of
    type of paste and source? Dean
    Dean-MN, Jan 28, 2014
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    Bob_Villa Guest

    Bob_Villa, Jan 28, 2014
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    BillW50 Guest

    As Bob mentioned, Arctic Silver 5 is considered as top of the line for
    thermal paste. Although I would be very curious why you think you need
    to replace a heatsink?
    BillW50, Jan 28, 2014
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    Bob_Villa Guest

    You're being too literal...take-off, then put-back is most likely what he means!
    Bob_Villa, Jan 28, 2014
  5. Dean-MN

    Dean-MN Guest

    Bill is correct. Maybe I should have written 'remove, clean then replace'.
    It's the standard procedure for cleaning the heat sink of an Inspiron 1545.
    I didn't heed mayor George Shinn's warning. 'You watch your phraseology!'
    Dean-MN, Jan 28, 2014
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    Bob_Villa Guest

    I said you were probably NOT literally, replacing your heat-sink...so how is he right?
    Bob_Villa, Jan 29, 2014
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    Ben Myers Guest

    I've never gotten hung up on using the best thermal paste, but then I do not advocate overclocking where heat transfer becomes most critical. For the1545, I am sure a dab of most any thermal paste will do ya. You don't need to apply it smoothly. When you crank down the 5 screws to secure the heat sink, the thermal paste gets spread out very smoothly by the pressure.

    Or to put it differently, I am a pragmatist, not a purist... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Jan 29, 2014
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    GTS-NJ Guest

    Despite all the advertising hype for products like Artic Silver,
    laboratory testing has found very little difference. Any good brand is
    I've used this one for years, for example, -
    GTS-NJ, Jan 31, 2014
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