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I got a nice CPU cooler that had thermal compound already applied to the bottom (ARCTIC MX-2). But after installing it I had to remove the CPU and send it back to the place I bought it from. That means the bottom of the cooler doens't have much thermal compound left on it.
The place I bought the cooler from was happy to give me some free thermal paste (Stars 420) so that I can have thermal compound all over the bottom of the cooler when I reinstall it on to whatever new CPU chip I get. However, Stars 420 obviously isn't MX-2.
So, should I:
a) clean off the remainder of the pre-applied ARCTIC MX-2 and add the Stars 420;
b) just stick the Stars 420 on; or
c) buy some MX-2 from a shop and use that?