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Is the pre-applied thermal paste on NZXT Kraken X63 good enough?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I am building a new PC for the first time, and for cooling my Ryzen 3700X I have chosen an NZXT Kraken X63 AIO (little overkill I know but it looks cool). Now I ordered a Cooler Master Mastergel Regular Thermal Paste just in case I scratch up the pre-applied paste on the Kraken or anything, but I am wondering whether I should use the paste anyway? I watched a gamers nexus video on YT where they also recommend removing the pre-applied paste and using your own. The thing is I have never done this before and I think if I don't do it properly it will do more harm than good compared to the stock paste.


So far all the parts for the PC haven't arrived yet so I haven't started building the PC, but when I do, should I use the pre-applied paste or use the Cooler Master one? Assuming I don't scratch up the stock paste of anything of course.

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Until you've proven it not to be, I'd go with "Yes"...

Did you test boot it, before you built in into the case?

WHY NOT...?!

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You can always reapply later if it doesn’t work.  

Life is like a bowl of chocolates: there are all these little crinkly paper cups everywhere.

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It's absolutely fine. Will you potentially manage 1 degree colder with another paste? Yeah probably. Does it matter? Not unless you're looking at pushing the tagged edge of stability in pursuit of optimum overclocking performance.

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