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Put on Heatsink without New Thermal Paste

I recently had to take off my CPU heatsink to check about thermal paste on the CPU pins, turns out that there wasn't any. Since the process took no more than 15 minutes, was it necessary to reapply the thermal paste. Also this is a new build so the paste was applied a few days ago.
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    If you don't have any, that somewhat limits your options...

    As many folks might apply too much anyway, you might still be able to smear a light coat around the heat spreader with a fingertip wrapped in suran wrap...

    If your temps seemed/seem largely unaffected but the removal, I'd not sweat it...
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    If you don't have any, that somewhat limits your options...

    As many folks might apply too much anyway, you might still be able to smear a light coat around the heat spreader with a fingertip wrapped in suran wrap...

    If your temps seemed/seem largely unaffected but the removal, I'd not sweat it...

    I tested it in some games and temps were around the same as normal so I'd say its pretty cool. *pun intended*
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