GiantsFan14 wrote:did you have to clean off the original thermal compound? if so, how'd you go about doing it and was it a pain in the ass?
Yes I did clean off the old thermal compound and it wasn't bad at all. I turned the computer on and let it run for about ten minutes so the processor would heat up just a little bit which made the thermal compound loosen up a bit. This is also good to do because if the computer is "cold," the processor sometimes gets stuck to the bottom of the heatsink so when you pull the heatsink out, the processor is ripped out of the socket and stuck to the heatsink (This has happened to me a couple of times). Just keep in mind that the heatsink will be a bit warm when you go to take it out.
Once I got the heatsink off, I took the processor out of the socket and used the edge of an old AAA membership card (you can use any kind of old credit card, ID card, etc.) to scrape the old thermal compound off of the processor. Once I got most of it off, I took a piece of a coffee filter and dipped in isopropyl alcohol and used that to clean the remaining residue off of the processor and I was good to go.