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Old 01-05-2008, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do I put on thermal paste?

Building my first computer, there is only one thing I'm nervous about: That's the processor, heatsink, and thermal paste.

I've seen different ways of putting it on and now I'm not sure.

I'm getting the Abit IP35, Q6600, and Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme. I'm kind of worried about the large size of the heatsink, and would like this to go as well as possible.

I was planning on putting a very thin layer on the heatsink itself and spreading it with a credit card. Then putting a small "blob" in the middle of the processor and letting pressure spread that one out.

Should I use the thermal paste that comes with the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme, or the Artic Silver 5 that I've had sitting around for about 12 months (never used).

... and I could really use advice put putting on the thermal paste, and putting on the heatsink.

I get the parts on Monday and would like to be as prepared as I can.

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Default Re: How do I put on thermal paste?

Dun know why you would need to put on thermal paste if your HSF already has it.... But that's just me. My Zalman didn't come with any so I don't know much about that.

But if you are going to put thermal paste on it, I would suggest using the "drop" method, where you just squeeze a tiny bit of paste onto the CPU. The pressure should take care of the paste distribution. I did it for mine and it cools perfectly.

It seems like you are too worried about the amount of thermal paste. In actuality, you only need a small amount because if there is too much, the sheer amount of paste will generate even more heat and there will be less heat transfer. Less is good.

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Arctic Silver 5 is probably better than the crap they give you

just put a Pea size since your with a Quad-Core (if your dual core go with the rice drop)
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