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Thermal Paste/Compound Alternative
I found the perfect replacement for thermal compound, thermal grease, or thermal pads. | Posted by Brent on Dec 13th 10 01:30 AM
So I decided to get the old 2003 desktop working today and found that it wouldn't stay on longer than 15 seconds. I decided to take it apart and use the air compressor to blast out all the dust that had accumulated over the past 7+ years. Dust was completely blocking the CPU fan and ram slot three was completely covered in dust.

After placing the CPU and heatsink back inside, it still had trouble. Without any specialty PC parts stores in my area I would have had to wait at least 3 days to get thermal paste online, so I turned to some friends for their take on the matter.

Disclaimer

Before I offer this alternative, you are trying this at your own risk. You also need to read the notice at the bottom of this article. I don't recommend this for your new gaming rig, or for any rig to be honest, but if you need thermal compound and only auto-parts stores or wal-mart are open, you can get your rig running again.

Solution

If you go to any auto parts store, you can find "dielectric grease" for bulbs, lamps, and electrical connectors. It is cheap (under a few bucks) and works great. This stuff has all the properties you want to replace thermal paste, such as "non-conducting", "high tempurature", and "thermally dissappating." Go for the tube variety, and not the spray can variety!

Explanation

Dielectric means poorly-conducting/insulating which means it won't short your board (hopefully), and grease means oil which has thermal conduction properties.

Even a major publication argues that cod liver oil is equivalent to arctic silver, so imagine what real grease for high-temperature electronics does.
In the past, we have argued that there is very little difference between cod liver oil and arctic silver, aside from the naturally occurring degradation of the first and the rather odor-less nature of AS.

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