Thermal paste - whats the best for non gaming PCs. Is silver necessary ?

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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?Commented:
Silver isn't necessary.

If you're not stressing the CPU (gaming, intense application work) any thermal paste will do the job.  The top of the line pastes will reduce temperature by about 1-2 degrees.

That Cooler Master stuff will do the job as well as the top of the line Arctic Silver or Antec.

Just apply the stuff carefully - usually just a small pea sized dob and smear over the surface - and you should be right.  Too much is a no no.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
How do you usually smear it around?  Your tongue or elbow?
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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?Commented:
See http://www.wikihow.com/Apply-Thermal-Paste Ignore diagram 3 with the large blobs of compound.  That is not how you do it.

Also from http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Thermal-Paste-Application-Techniques-170/

Dot Method
Apply a pea/ rice size dot on the middle of the CPU then place the heatsink on top. Let the paste naturally spread and it will cover the most important part.. the cores.

Spread Method
Apply a dot on the middle of the CPU then ue a credit card/ business card/ clean piece of metal to spread the paste of the entire surface of the CPU then rest the heatsink on top.

There are more methods of applying the compound than this but these are satisfactory for most.
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Darr247Commented:
I recommend Dow-Corning 340 Thermal Transfer Paste (2oz jar).

You didn't really tell us where you are, so here's a 100g (almost 4 oz) tube for 7 pounds 4, too http://uk.farnell.com/dow-corning/2265931/heat-sink-compound-tube-100g-dc340/dp/101685
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