This is an age old topic but I believe I am putting forth a new option for us Pc enthusiasts. I build Pc's for a living and have built more Pc's than I care to remember but the one thing in common with nearly all of them is they are built using the generic Sticky Pad supplied with the processor(I do not build Pentiums unless specifically requested-nothing against Pentuims, just what the business requires). I run approx 8 Pc's full time from home for monthly LAN days and I decided to do a test and replace one of them with a Sticky Pad as for my own Pc's I use Artic Thermal Paste. I used an Athlon 2800 with the usual FX5900, gig of ram etc for components and it is strictly a Gaming Pc. I built this Pc a year ago this week and it is left on 5 out of every 7 days without turning off. It gets used for gaming approx 30 mins a day depending if a new game comes out it will get more. This has been a work in progress test and I have been monitoring it temperature wise fairly consistantly. To date the temp sits on approx 43' celcius and never goes above 55' c even after 7 hours or LAN gaming. Fan wise it has 2 * 80 mm fans in the front of the case and one 80mm in the rear and no more. The big question here now is why all the hype about Thermal Paste being so much better than the Sticky Pad? Putting aside all the tech thinking we all do on this subject, from my results there is not much point in going to the time consuming effort of using Thermal Paste is there? I have to admit I am still swayed towards paste but I cannot see why after seeing first hand the results. Is this just something we Pc lovers feel is a 'Must Do' thing when constructing a new Pc? I am keen to hear from anyone as to their experiences on the matter and anyones opinions regarding this almost 'Sacred' subject..lol Andrew.