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10 Best Thermal Pastes for Your PC

If you’re running a high-performance system, or a mid-grade system at max capacity, you may have noticed that the temperature output of your PC is considerably higher than that of more basic systems.

While this is completely normal, it also requires a bit more monitoring and tinkering to maintain safely than a more basic, simple system.

Fortunately, the solution is affordable, simple, and easy to take care of on your own; you just need to find the best thermal paste for your PC setup.

Modern PCs require the use of a thermal paste of one sort or another, plain and simple. This isn’t a matter of opinion like it was 15-20 years ago; at which time you really could get by with just a fan system to keep your CPU, GPU, etc. at an acceptable temperature level. 
  
 

WHY DO MODERN HIGH-PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS PRODUCE MORE HEAT?

Heat is an unavoidable byproduct of electronic operations; particularly in complex electronics such as an advanced PC.

As technology advances, the use of more and more complex internal PC parts has been necessary to efficiently run our increasingly complicated tech. Modern CPUs, GPUs, HDD, and ODD require more electrical current to perform their tasks.

As the electrical input runs along wires, circuits, etc. it meets a certain level of resistance. This friction is how the byproduct of heat is produced. You can avoid overheating by using a combination of an efficient CPU coolercase fans, and the best thermal compound.

UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU NEED A THERMAL PASTE?

When you buy a new computer, the heat sink and CPU already have the appropriate layer of thermal paste; or compound; laid between the surfaces. Unless you’re buying a unique chassis setup that doesn’t come with the parts that you’re likely to want to handpick individually, you won’t have to worry about thermal paste when you first set up.

The chances are good that if you’re reading this guide, you’re doing some modifications to your PC or you’re having overheating problems.

Whether you’re tackling a simple task like switching out your CPU or gutting your case and starting fresh, now is the right time to bust out the thermal paste. Even if there’s thermal paste already in place that seems perfectly reusable; don’t.

Clean the surfaces that are already tacked completely and then reapply the best thermal paste for your PC project needs. This YouTube video will walk you through the entire process of removing and applying thermal compounds, since it’s very important that you do it right.

This will take care of any existing overheating problems that were related to the thermal paste as well. If you continue to have overheating problems after replacing your thermal compound you should clean your fans, case, etc. and continue to troubleshoot from there.

WHICH THERMAL PASTE IS RIGHT FOR YOU & YOUR PC?

Choosing the best thermal paste for GPU, CPU, or general PC maintenance can be a bit tricky. Largely because opinion varies so widely on which ones are best, which ones are rubbish, or whether there is any difference at all between different types of paste.

The main division of opinion is based around whether or not using filler compounds that are simultaneously conductive and capacitive (such as silver) is preferable to using lower thermally conductive fillers (such as zinc oxide).

The main concern here is that materials like silver can cause A LOT of damage if it comes into contact with your circuits. The ingredients found in different thermal compounds can include a combination of the ‘Filler Properties’ found here.

10 BEST THERMAL PASTE OPTIONS FOR YOUR COMPUTER

1.Arctic Silver 

2.ARCTIC MX-4 

3.NOCTUA NT-H1 

4.INNOVATION COOLING DIAMOND  

5.THERMALTAKE 

6.WIGBOW ICE MOUNTAIN №1 

7.SHENZHEN TENSAN 
 8.COOLER MASTER 

9.GELID SOLUTIONS GC-EXTREME 

10.PROLIMATECH PK-3 NANO

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