Originally posted by: Arsalan Ali Shah
New Here needed some help regarding my new system. just bought a Athlon64 X2 4400+ Processor (Socket 939), need help in choosing MotherBoard for it have 2 options 1 -> MSI K8N Diamond Plus 2 -> ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe? dont need Overclocking, or anything like that just need stable and Reliable MB + which has less heating problems because where i live the temp goes up to 45c and the Ambient temp stays at 40c with AC on so have problems as well dont know which to choose need help please.
and last thing my stock Processor heatsink at its bottom thermal paste is wiped off by me by mistake as not all only very small at the side end anything worry about?
The ASUS board has the passive cooling, which is nice for the chipset. I'm not as familiar with the MSI...
As for the Heasink, if you just wiped a very small part off, it's probably not a problem, otherwise, you'll need to clean that off with some Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing) and get all the rest of that pad off, then appy some new thermal grease, preferably Arctic Silver 5 or Ceramique. Both can be bought off the web for around $10...
Athlon 64 3400+ (CG) @ 2.4GHz, Asus K8N-E Deluxe, 2 GB OCZ DDR400, BFG nVidia 6800OC 128MB, Seagate 200GB PATA, Seagate 160GB PATA, Dual Boot XP and x64, Antec 350W Mid-Tower
Athlon 64 3400+ (E3) @ 2.4GHz, Asus K8N-E Deluxe, 2 GB OCZ DDR400, eVGA nVidia 6800 128MB, Seagate 320GB SATA, Vista x64, Antec 350W Mid-Tower