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    I need to apply new TIM on my system board. Which one should I go for. Should I go for a) Arctic Silver 5 http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm or
    b) Céramique™ 2 http://www.arcticsilver.com/cmq2.html.

    I also need to clean the old TIM from my CPU heat spreader and cooler.

    How is this cleaner from Arctic Silver called Arcticlean http://www.arcticsilver.com/arcticlean.htm.

    There is also a smaller removable heat sink on my system board held together by a clip. I also have a ATI graphic card which has a GPU with heat sink. Is there a need to apply TIM on these places as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain rainbow View Post
    I need to apply new TIM on my system board. Which one should I go for. Should I go for a) Arctic Silver 5 http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm or
    b) Céramique™ 2 http://www.arcticsilver.com/cmq2.html.
    I used both, I prefer the AS5 because it won't dry over time and give me slightly better thermal results (though it's slightly capacitive, but, to be fair, I never got an issue with that along the years).


    Quote Originally Posted by Captain rainbow View Post
    I also need to clean the old TIM from my CPU heat spreader and cooler.

    How is this cleaner from Arctic Silver called Arcticlean http://www.arcticsilver.com/arcticlean.htm.
    Very good for that job, it works faster and better (like less adhesive or wandering residues) than denaturated alchool (and acetone too on metal), but IMO it's unreasonably expensive: if you can get with ease a larger bottle of isopropylic alchool (it's the same thing), that would be a lot better money-wise (take note I use mainly this cleaner, but always I regret how much it costs, as I use a noticeable amount over the year).


    Quote Originally Posted by Captain rainbow View Post
    There is also a smaller removable heat sink on my system board held together by a clip. I also have a ATI graphic card which has a GPU with heat sink. Is there a need to apply TIM on these places as well.
    Unless you're experiencing overheating, or you're upgrading the heatsinks themselves, I wouldn't remove those heatsinks: by the way, you can use any of the aforementioned pastes (or similar ones, like the AC MX4), or any suitable pad (3M or Fujipoly/ModRight) whether pads were originally used.
    Best, Luca

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