You know, plowing through garbage threads like this just irritates me.In 20 years I've never changed the paste - - but then I don't overclock the cpu either.
Construction dust is capable of getting under a correctly attached heatsink
If you were addressing my comment concerning dust, I meant no such thing. I was referring to dust buildup on the attached heatsink itself, not underneath.
If you were not addressing me, carry on as usual
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to porn we go......I know, but I've been ending up cleaning my case often in the last few months. The buildings being constructed on both sides of mine have driven me paranoid. Not to mention the climate here is almost always hot and humid. And, I got that paste for free in 2005.
I didn't mean it quite literally, though. I just replaced it in Fall, 2010 (regular cleanup), Summer 2011 (construction started). Hopefully they'll be finished before I upgrade my GPU. They're painting the terrace now. All that dust being blown into my PC...urgh!
That was a really long post, so I didn't quote it in full.I fail to understand ...