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The pads do have distinct thicknesses, 0.5mm, 1mm, 1.5mm. Also, I'm using the Arctic MX-3.

But the reason why I'm asking this question is I really don't want to shell out more money for the thermal pad. I can see that the paste may not spread correctly but I would like to know if anyone has done this before??
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You can do whatever you want. We're just advising you to use what should properly be used. Put a tiny dot on a mem chip and vrm, then fully install the block. Then take he block off and see if the block made proper contact. If yes then you're golden, if not then it's up to use if you want a wod of goop everywhere that won't do any good transferring heat.
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