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Thermal Paste and PSU Orientation
12-25-2010, 04:06 PM,
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Thermal Paste and PSU Orientation
Okay just got all my parts safe and sound from newegg and I'm about to start putting this thing together and I have two questions:

1) I have an AMD Phenom II 965 BE, is the stock thermal grease good enough or should I stop being a cheapskate and go buy some after market paste? Keep in mind I am not going to over clock (I know I'm a wuss).

2) I have the Coolermaster HAF 922 and the PSU is mounted on the bottom. However, the case sits very low to the ground and the grill for the PSU has these rubbery mounting strips which means I can't put a dust filter on it. So am I better off having the fan facing the inside of the case or am I being too paranoid about the dust?

I have attached a picture of afore mentioned mounting area in the case.


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12-25-2010, 07:38 PM,
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RE: Thermal Paste and PSU Orientation
1) The stock thermal grease is fine.

2) Don't worry about dust with the PSU, put the fan facing the bottom.
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12-26-2010, 01:06 AM,
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RE: Thermal Paste and PSU Orientation
What do you recommend for after market thermal paste if I do decide to go that route?
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12-26-2010, 09:01 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-26-2010, 09:04 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: Thermal Paste and PSU Orientation
Artic Cooling MX-2 is good. However, I don't think it would be worth it personally. An aftermarket cooler would be a much better investment, such as this. Thermal paste may drop the temperatures by 2C, while that cooler might make a 10C+ difference.
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12-27-2010, 12:31 AM,
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RE: Thermal Paste and PSU Orientation
Great, thanks for the help.
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