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Thermal paste is important. Important is way how you put thermal past on cpu. When you overclocked good thermal paste is necessary. I use with my procesor i7920@ 3.6ghz thermal paste noctua NT-H1, i recomended it. Good is artic silver 5 to.
It is not difficult at all, but if you have never done it before, take your time, do not hurry and consider the steps needed to assemble your stuff and try to imagine the sequence of your steps. For example, with certain CPU coolers and certain memory sticks, it may be necessary to first install the memory sticks before the CPU cooler. Thermal paste is absolutely necessary. Use a good brand like Arctic Silver or if you have a Noctua cooler, use the Noctua paste. Apply it evenly and very thin. Too much will decrease cooling performance. Use the supplied distance screws for mounting your mobo, so you will not run in shorting problems and keep in mind how the power supply cables will be routed from the PSU to the mobo. That may determine whether to first install the PSU or the mobo. Keep in mind that the pins for connecting fans and SATA cables can become hard to reach when using large CPU coolers with the fans attached, but mounting those fans later can also be tricky, so consider your steps carefully. Look carefully at the pins for connecting HDD activity LED, power LED, power switch, reset switch, etc. because they usually end up at the bottom and are not clearly seen.
Take your time. It is far better to spend a hour or even two longer, that troubleshooting afterwards.
Thanks people! As ever, Harm, your advice and knowledge is well appreciated.
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The Intel i7 came with thermal paste... I used Arctic Silver 5 anyway
I do NOT overclock, and my i7 runs normally at 33c
After my CS5 order arrives, I'll be able to find out how everything works under load