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    Hello,


    I am going to be building my pc soon and was thinking about how all my stuff is going to go together. One of t he things I never really thought about was applying thermal paste to my cpu. I was just wondering how much to put on and if there is a certain method for doing it. Thanks!

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    I always just put a pea sized dot in the middle of the cpu and mount my cooler, works well for me.

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    I think the April 2010 issue of MaximumPC had some suggestions on thermal paste. A quick Google search will yield about 20 different methods.

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    It all depends on personal preference and the viscosity of the material. Some thermal pastes are not so easy to work with and some spreading is necessary (the TX3 springs to mind). Others can safely be spread by a little rotation of the heatsink prior to the application of pressure.

    Here are guides to applying Arctic Silver 5.

    Here's a review of many thermal pastes containing quite a bit pertaining to application methods as well.

    As always all these things should be taken with grains of salt, and ultimately it'll come down to you playing with some thermal compound in the comfort of your own "lab". Have some q-tips and 90%+ isopropyl alcohol handy in case applications fail, and have at it! After a little bit of experimentation you'll without a doubt have the method that best suits your needs. Hope this helped and happy build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    I always just put a pea sized dot in the middle of the cpu and mount my cooler, works well for me.
    That's what I usually do. It's too easy to make a mistake if one tries to spread it. Not saying it's all around bad, but the risk of having problems is higher if you don't know how to do it right.
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    Either a pea sized dot in the middle or a medium sized line will be sufficient. I personally follow the pea routine and have done for many years now with good effect. Though Intel are recommending the line technique for the i7 series.

    Main thing is do not over do it. Seen some poor soul with thermal paste all in his CPU socket. Looked bad let me tell you.

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    I used to spread it on with a credit card but this was too messy and at times gave poor contact and or cooling propably due to bubbles.

    Now I use a little blob about the size of 2 grains of rice and it works great!

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    Thanks for the tips guys! Looks like I will be trying out the pea sized dot on my cpu. Everything should be in today, so as long as I can get this homework done, the build should start tonight!!

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    Enjoy the build and take some pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    I always just put a pea sized dot in the middle of the cpu and mount my cooler, works well for me.
    Thumbs up to this... other methods are flawed but can still work. The most effective is still the pea solution.

    Here is an interesting vid that helps give good understanding to various methods/compounds.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu...eature=related

    Arctic Silver has their own set of recommendations (based on CPU) as do some manuals that come with higher-end heatsyncs, but the pea method still seems to be the tried & true.

    I hope everything worked out good for you!

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    I'm going to try the two line method.







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    Slightly off topic but, that has to be one of the worst heatsink bases I have ever seen. What is it?

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    its all the new rage direct touch heat pipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post
    Slightly off topic but, that has to be one of the worst heatsink bases I have ever seen. What is it?
    Isn't this typically how a touch heat pipe base look?

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    Yes it is.

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    yeah but I prefer one big surface area than multiple small area combined like that. Look at the gaps between each pipe

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