Hi guys and girls,
I'm about to replace my Intel stock cooler for something a bit more adequate, because when the machine is under a heavy processing load, the fan gets so loud (~4000RPM) that it sounds like it is about to lift off! This is due in no small part to the massive amount of heat given off by my 6600gt GeForce GPU. Whoever designed the ATX form factor clearly stayed in bed the day of his thermodynamics lecture in college, as it is plain to see that if you put a hot component under another hot component, the top hot component will absorb the heat from the one below it and heat up even more.
I have bought (or more accurately, paid a deposit for ) this cooler:
The CoolerMaster jet 4 if the link doesnt work and you have to google it.
Basically my question is this: my machine came with a fan which employed thermal paste on the processor die to transfer heat - do I NEED to remove this prior to the installation of my new cooler or can I just spread a thin new layer. I have read conflicting suggestions saying 'Don't bother removing it' or 'Use 90% isopropyl alcohol.' I'd like to steer clear of putting aggressive chemicals on a €200 + processor if I can.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated