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Can I reuse same thermal paste?

by coolbgdog / November 1, 2005 11:30 AM PST

I applied some thermal paste from radioshack on my cpu a week ago but then today I was switching the motherboard and I wanted to know cant I just take the heat sink off and just put it back on the new motherboard without reapplying it? I lost my thermal paste and I need to put my cpu in the new motherboard and I wanted to just move it without cleaning and reapplying. Im not switching cpus, Im just moving it.

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Not really. . .
by Coryphaeus / November 1, 2005 9:22 PM PST

There will be gaps. Spring for a new tube.

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Yes&No
by Willy / November 1, 2005 10:49 PM PST

If the paste is sufficiently present, sure you can reuse it. That's the true paste, NOT a heat pad which normally is shipped with new cpus. To play it safe, get another tube of paste, which would you rather do, replace paste or burnt-out cpu?

tada -----Willy Happy

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The paste is what I just used on it
by coolbgdog / November 2, 2005 10:41 AM PST
In reply to: Yes&No

I used a paste I bought from radioshack then I put it away then now I got my mobo from what I just returned because it wasnt working and I cant find the paste I put away. Its not a thermal pad its a grease from radioshack. Its only been on there for about a week.

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cleaning instructions
by linkit / November 2, 2005 1:54 AM PST
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probably not ideal, but it can be done
by aaarg / November 3, 2005 8:06 PM PST

i have done this on multiple occasions....i know its not ideal. if it is as you say 1 week old you should be fine. i have never had a problem with it.

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I found my old thermal grease
by coolbgdog / November 3, 2005 8:54 PM PST

It was behind my comp desk and I used it on my cpu. Thanks for the help anyway.

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