Damaged Heatsink for P3 733

CrustyToeJam

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I was installing the heatsink on top of my pentium 3 733 MHz processor and damaged the thermal interface material (the white guey stuff) on the bottom of the heatsink.

I got my computer up and running and saw that the CPU temperature was at 40 C and the MB temp was at 26 C. If I left my computer on for about an hour, the CPU temp rose to 45 C.

I think the temp is too high for the CPU and the damage I caused to the thermal interface material while installing it may have affected the heatsink's mechanism.

Is the temperature too high? If it is, should I replace the heatsink and if so, any deals out there for a good quality and cheap priced heatsink?

Any ideas?

Thanks.
 

MulLa

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I have the same CPU as you do. Depending on the room temperature the CPU can rise to 45C+ on serveral occassions. Especially when the room temperature is around the 40C mark. Lucky it's winter now ^^ For this part of the world anyway.
 

CrustyToeJam

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would it be safe to take off the thermal paste that's on now and apply something new like arctic silver on it?
 

Grendel99

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Yeah just remove it. Use WD-40 and some elbow grease, and it comes right off. Then go over it with some rubbing alcohol to get the WD-40 off. Then apply a very small dab of Thermal Grease.