Was installing a new motherboard and processor ( AMD XP 1800+ ) for my brother, and didn't realize I need to use thermal grease between the heatsink and processor, so now I have a nice little burnt out processor.
It was a costly lesson, but now I know. The last AMD processor I installed was a retail version that came with heatsink already mounted, and I didn't give it a second thought when installing this one. Also, would this have damaged the motherboard? I don't think it did, but I guess I'll know when the new processor comes in.
I've got the same proc. But the heatsink wasn't already mounted. I didn't put any thermal grease on it, but it does have one of those "thermal grease" pads, that basically turn to the grease when it heats up. Dunno if your's had that or not. Mine's been running great for a few weeks now, and at least one of those weeks solid without turning the machine off (need to get a UPS soon).
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I've got 2 1800's and a 2100XP all overclocked and they run great. Even with the small cheap fans they run great. I installed the monster fan on the 2100 but it is very loud. As long as you have paste on the proc and a fan it should not run too hot.
Originally posted by 94cobrastangs_bro my heatsink fan cut out before and the mobo shorted after the chip fried
Installed the new processor yesterday with the "thermal phase change" compound on the heatsink directly mounted over the processor, and it worked like a charm. I'm glad the motherboard wasn't affected when the processor burnt out.
Originally posted by AbecX Good luck on the new setup, I've never had a cpu go out on me.
*knocks on wood*
Thanks. It was a first for me too, but it seems these Athlon XP processors are really picky about cooling, you have to make sure you have everything installed perfectly before powering it up or it's bye bye processor.
Oh and I should be getting my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system today, can't wait for that either!!!