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Blah, my thermal pad melted

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I pulled my heatsink off today since I thought I narrowed down my PC crashing to CPU overheat. Anyway, I pulled off the heatsink and noticed that my thermal pad on the heatsink melted through. The melted Themal pad is now on the CPU.

Do you think a new heatsink will fix my heat problems, or because of the melted thermal pad, will I need a new CPU too?

Thanks

* Its and AMD Barton, so shouldnt be to expensive to replace

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The thermal pad is supposed to melt...

cleaning off a melted pad can be a pain in the butt. Most folks use acetone (nail polish remover) and an old toothbrush... you may want to clean off the acetone with a bit of alcohol as well.

Be sure to let the CPU dry before attempting to use again.

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Yeah, it's normal for it to melt. When you take the heatsink off, you should clean the pad remnants off both side and put a new one on (or paste).

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Ok, well I got some paste so I will clean it up and try the paste next. I didn't have any issues for about 1 year, so I really don't have any idea on why they are starting up now. Should I get a new heatsink just for the hell of it, something must have happened to cause these errors to startup now

And Salem, before pulling off the heatsink I installed the mobo monitor that you mentioned and my CPU was going 70+C in a few minutes of trying to shrink a DVD.

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Ok, well I got some paste so I will clean it up and try the paste next. I didn't have any issues for about 1 year, so I really don't have any idea on why they are starting up now.

Dust collection and it's been a hot summer?

Should I get a new heatsink just for the hell of it, something must have happened to cause these errors to startup now

From the nest statement I would say yes...

And Salem, before pulling off the heatsink I installed the mobo monitor that you mentioned and my CPU was going 70+C in a few minutes of trying to shrink a DVD.

I use one of these and love it...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835110007

Note, copied from newegg review: The fan is quiet, but it does provide alot of vibration. Make sure if you have a cheap case to tighten everything down, or you will hear rattling!

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