System build mess up questions
so yeah my system building is about half done...had a lot of mess ups along the way and just wandering on your guys opinions ( long rant )
1. Of course for months Ive been worried about the whole HSF/thermal paste install and of course the worst case reality comes to pass. First I cleaned the bottom of the tuniq tower 120 and the top of the CPU surface with isopropyl alcohol ( spelling? ). Then I applied the MX-1 thermal paste in a horizontal line like Arctic silver suggests but it came out too fast and I ended up having to scoop some of and the total amount was a BIG rice sized grain. So I mount the tuniq after much frustration ( wonder how tight you have to make it since I keep hearing complaints of the screw heads popping off on newegg ), but its flimsy and I after contact I lift up after a minute to see the thermal pastes bad distrubution so I press it down harder. Later on curiosity gets the best of me and I lift it up briefly once more to see the paste which has become more sticky and I break the sticky contact ( the paste in a spread out shape with spikes sticking up from the recently broken seal ) and so Im like really panicking at this point so I just press it down harder and twist degrees hearing the metal grind softly. Hopefully no air bubbles were left...but Im definately not going to go check again, hopefully I will get good temperatures otherwise I have to unmount the whole thing again....just wondering do I clean all the thermal grease off with alcohol again?
2. Not knowing what screws to use I figured to use the 1 inch long screws and 3 out of 4 fit in perfectly the other giving me heavy resistance. Afterwards I suddenly discover the PSU box came with mounting screws which are like 1/12 the length of the inch long screws I used previously. I install them instead hoping no damage was done by that 1 inch long screw that went in half way....
3. Had to pause...tomorrow trying to figure out what screws to use to mount on my mobo, do I screw them in tightly?...not too tightly?
i7 3770k @ stock 3.5, Gigabyte GA-Z77X UD3H
Samsung 830 SSD 256gb and WD Black HD 1Tb, CoolerMaster HAF-X Case
Corsair HX 750 watt PSU, EVGA GTX 670 with 1.25 gig video memory @ stock settings, 16 gigs of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 Ram
X-Fi Xtreme Gamer card, Logitech G5 series 2
Corsair K90 keyboard, Dell 24" U2412M monitor