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Postby jfg » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:37 pm

GiantsFan14 wrote:http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/77180/newegg-asrock-z77-extreme4-lga-1155-intel-z77-hdmi-sata-6gbs-usb-3.0-atx-motherboard-with-1yr-extended-warranty

was just browsing slickdeals and saw this. very good motherboard, i've built two computers for friends and used this exact model both times. i believe it was almost $200 not too long ago.
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Microcenter pointed me to an Asrock as well. I bought the pro4 but I don't think I need all the features of the extreme and neither did the Microcenter guy.
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Postby GiantsFan14 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:37 pm

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?
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Re: Custom Computer Case and Computer...

Postby GiantsFan14 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:11 pm

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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.


awesome thanks, I bought a new heat sink awhile ago but haven't wanted to deal with that yet. i'll have to give it a shot now.
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