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Old 02-25-2010, 06:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it best to use a card and spread the paste? Or is there a better way? I am using tuniq TX-2 Also have True Black heatsink.
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I apply 9 small dabs of paste to the cpu and let the weight of the heatsink spread it

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Just put a little dot in the center and then let the heatsink pressure spread it.

^ That's way too much paste lol.

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I always spread it myself. Anything thin and plastic works well (usually an old credit card).
That being said I tend to spread it so the middle is *slightly* more thick than the rest of the IHS
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Just put a little dot in the center and then let the heatsink pressure spread it.

^ That's way too much paste lol.

Those dabs of paste are very small. All 9 of them together are less than a 1/2 grain of rice, it's probably more like a 1/4 of a grain of rice. When it's all said and done I'm probably using less paste than everyone else.
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Default Re: Best way to apply thermal Paste?

I actually like Slaymate's method, but I usually just add a pea sized dab in the center and then let the heatsink spread it for me.
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Alright thanks guys, but my main concern is I dont want the thermal paste to spread so far that it gets into mobo if I let the heatsink do it that way. Slay, if I was do it your method should I just barly let the thermal paste outand dab it on there 9 times like you?
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Alright thanks guys, but my main concern is I dont want the thermal paste to spread so far that it gets into mobo if I let the heatsink do it that way. Slay, if I was do it your method should I just barly let the thermal paste outand dab it on there 9 times like you?
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Those dabs of paste are very small. All 9 of them together are less than a 1/2 grain of rice, it's probably more like a 1/4 of a grain of rice. When it's all said and done I'm probably using less paste than everyone else.
But it's a waste of paste to put it on the corners...it only needs to be in the center.

Plus it's probably going to squeeze around the edges and make a mess.
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