Hi All, My question is about thermal compound and processors. I built my system in March of 2006. Here are the specs: 2.0 GHz Athlon 64 Venice Asus A8N nForce Ultra 1 GB DDR2 (Corsair) 80 GB Western Digital Caviar eVGA 6600GT NEC 16X DVD-R System runs fine, no problems, but lacks the speed to power through newer applications. I bought my processor when it was new, but not at the top of the charts. I’d like to upgrade, but I don’t want to throw away a perfectly good processor. I’m planning on giving it to a friend, but they want to use a different cooling system than the stock heatsink/fan currently attached. I used a bit of Arctic Silver 5 when I attached the heatsink, and I was careful not to use too much. Now, I’m worried about what will happen when it’s time to separate them. How strong has the bond between the heatsink/processor become? Can they be separated? Is there a safe way to separate them? Is there a solvent that can help the separation that won’t damage the processor? If they can be separated, is there a good way to remove the remaining compound off the processor? Are there special tools that I should use? Guessing that hammer/screwdriver is not the way to go. Would appreciate any help or advice. Thanks.