Is it necessary? I am building a video editing PC similar to the one in the DIY forum here...I have the ASUS mobo and ordered a P4 3.0 GHz processor but have no real plans to overclock with it. I purchased the retail package with heatsink and fan included so I was wondering if I should also apply some thermal grease or just install as is?
Highly recommend you NOT use the little double stick heat transfer tape. USE thermal grease in between the processor and heatsink. Artic Silver will give you the best heat transfer, but any other thermal grease should do the job.
When you say "double stick heat transfer tape" are you referring to the little gray square of HS compound that comes already attached to the heatsink?? And if so, it sounds like you are suggesting that I remove this, clean the heatsink and chip surface and useArctic silver in its place??
Does this really give better heat transfer than the Intel provided compound?
Just trying to make sure this is the best approach...
yep - clean it off with a razor blade. don't scrath the heatsink.
the Intel thermal "pad" should work fine if you're not overclocking, or really pushing your CPU. since this is a digital vid forum, tho - you might.
if you really care about cooling you might want to upgrade the fan as well, then you can leave the pad on for whomever you give the stock fan to. I like the Vantive fans - they use magnets so are very quiet and work great. make sure you get the one that matches your CPU's "socket type" - AMD and Intel P4 use diff socket types.
the artic silver folks are fanatic about getting good contact between both CPU and heatsink - they have detailed instructions. it's cheap - $3-5 at newegg.com and very worth it.
I would wait till I got it, read there excellent instructions, it will tell you how to properly clean both sides.
one tube of AS will last you 2 or 3 CPU installs - so you'll have enough for your next DIY job. :^)