Re: 1st Pc Build
it is essential, but virtually all modern heat sinks that come with your cpu have thermal paste pre-applied. if you decide to replace it with something else, clean it throughly with rubbing alcohol. it is basically just a matter of screwing it together, and plugging it all in. you should find the process pretty easy, and installing xp should take about as long as the actual build.
everything as far as hooking up stuff is well documented, epically with asus boards. you should have no problems at all.
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