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2500? Wow unless you want to spend a whole day scraping metal off your CPU I would not waste my time.
Going to such high grits gives you no gain in performance and some have argued that it can actually hurt performance since there will be no place for the particles in your thermal compound to rest. I usually only do 400 and 600, 800 only when I am bored.
I will probably only go up to 1000. I've heard varying numbers here. How many degrees willy his shave off my temps. I'm looking for about 5-10C so I can bump up my oc from 3.5 to 3.6-3.7
Depends how bad it was previously.
Start at ~200 imo, you want to get all the covering off the CPU first, my E6600 took me 45 minutes to get all copper with 220 grit...
are you pushing the cpu across the sand paper? it takes me all of 15-30 minutes to get a mirror shine from start to finish. i think with my celeron it only took me 2 minutes to start to see copper.
the only reason i even did 2500 was because i had it but now i only have up to 1500, so i stop there now a days.
not to highjack the thread, i have started to consider lapping my cpu. what should i use to protect the cpu?