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#1 travism21

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:52 AM

what is a good way to apply thermal paste?


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:01 AM

I just clean the surface of the heatsink and chip with alcohol then squeeze a pea-sized amount of thermal compound straight out of the tube and onto the chip itself.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

And don't pour extra amount of thermal paste over processor as a extra thick layer will cause problem in heat dissipation.


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

do i apply it to the center of the processor?


case: Corsair Carbide 500r

processor: Intel core i5 3570k @ 4GHz (1.104v)

cooling: Xigmatek Dark Knight II Black Hawk Edition

motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V

GPU: Evga GTX 680 superclocked

Ram: Corsair vengence 4gbx2 @ 1600MHZ

PSU: Seasonic 750w

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

OS: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

 


#5 EuroFight

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:26 AM

Yeah that's the best way to get an even distribution.


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

http://www.hardwares...ermal-Paste/274



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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:11 PM

Depends on the cooler, the direct contact heat pipe coolers have an issue in the fact their base has crevices that you should work around. For a flat based cooler the pea method is best in my experience. If you do have the direct contact heat pipe cooler then first you want to apply a layer of compound to the bottom of the cooler then scrape it off across the surface. This will force the compound into the crevices. Now put a small bead on each of the pipes, I mean small, no need to get crazy.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:12 PM

I always apply a very thin semi transparent layer. When it comes down to it your patching up micron sized pockets not 0.5mm so less is more. I treat it as more of a polish then a coating. A small grain of rice bead should suffice for most die sizes (though perhaps not PS3 die sizes).


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

do i apply it to the center of the processor?

 

Well, if you can't do that, apply a very thin layer all over the processor. ;)


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