My CPU – hot. My paste – delivered. My PC – fixed
My PC is now up and running properly at the correct temperature, idling away at 46C in a 25C room. I didn’t need a new heat sink or fan, a new CPU or indeed a whole new PC. Just a fivers worth of heat conducting gel.
This little laboratory setup consists of some Isopropyl Alcohol (thanks Kerry), my Athlon Barton 2800XP+ CPU (the bit that was getting too hot), some Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound in a little injection tube and a big heat sink with a copper bottom. Believe it or not, but by adding these ingredients together in the correct fashion and then putting a the heat sink fan back on top I no longer need to keep my computer up high with it’s side panels removed.
The job took about 20 minutes which isn’t bad as it’s the first time I’ve ever removed a CPU from it’s socket. I do offer a resonable hardware fixing service so give us a shout next time your PC plays up!