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Hi guys,

I was working on my first build yesterday, and I think I put too much thermal paste on my CPU. I have the i7 2600K CPU with Cooler Master Hyper 212+, using Arctic MX-2 paste.

Here's what I did:

1) Put pea-sized amount on the CPU, then added another half-peasize because I thought it would be not enough.

2) Used the short line method on the Hyper 212+ as they show on this website here.

3) Lined up the CPU and Hyper 212+, then put the Hyper 212+ onto the CPU.

4) Thought about it again, and got worried, then took off the cooler to check how much thermal paste had spread---too much, so I wiped it off with a credit card.

5) Looked at my CPU and saw a little too much thermal paste as well, so wiped off a little with the credit card.

6) Noticed that a little thermal paste had gotten onto the green part of the CPU shown here:
i72a.jpg
So I took a q-tip and tried to remove wipe it off, but that didn't really help and there's still some on the green part.

I proceeded anyway, and put the cooler back onto the CPU, then when I started the computer and went into the BIOS, the CPU temperature was at 45 degrees Celsius--is that okay? Also, is the thermal paste on the green part, going to ruin my CPU? I have already loaded Windows 7, and everything seems to be running fine.

Should I go back and try it again? How should I clean off the paste from the green area? I have 70% ethyl alcohol. Should that be okay to use?

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 6
it is fine, getting a little TIM on the PCB will not hurt anything, just wipe off what you can.

as for the temps, download and install Prime95 and run the blend test while monitoring the temperatures with CoreTemp and let us know what the temps are them. Idle temp means almost nothing.
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Originally Posted by massaskillz;13305103 
Hi guys,

1) Put pea-sized amount on the CPU, then added another half-peasize because I thought it would be not enough.

2) Used the short line method on the Hyper 212+ as they show on this website

3) Lined up the CPU and Hyper 212+, then put the Hyper 212+ onto the CPU.

4) Thought about it again, and got worried, then took off the cooler to check how much thermal paste had spread---too much, so I wiped it off with a credit card.

5) Looked at my CPU and saw a little too much thermal paste as well, so wiped off a little with the credit card.

6) Noticed that a little thermal paste had gotten onto the green part of the CPU shown here:

you should just put the paste on the cpu ONLY, i just use a grain of rice amount. with a little bit each side, so it looks like a +,
as you push the cooler down this will spread the paste for you. ( i also give it a little twist of about 20 degrees and back again)
MX-2 is not that thick, so the above method will be fine

if you lift the cooler off the cpu, you will have to remove old paste and reapply new paste as you will have air bubbles.
Edited by j.col - 4/29/11 at 5:06am
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Thanks for the suggestions.
I haven't redone the thermal paste yet, but downloaded CoreTemp and prime95 first to do the test.

My idle temp actually reads around 32 degrees Celsius now according to CoreTemp. I ran prime95, and it went up to 47-52 degrees for each core. I've only ran it for about half an hour so far, and here are the temps:

primenumbers.jpg

I hear you have to let it run for 24 hours. Will the temperatures go further up in that time? Does this look okay so far?

Thanks.
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there is some debate about 24hrs. but its personal preference.
personally i run 5 hrs of Intel burn test and an overnight run of prime95 (imo, 8-10 hrs is fine)

afaik the tjmax of your cpu is 100.C so that means dont let it get higher than 80.C.
also running realtemp you will notice the distance to tjmax, never let this go below 20 (if the tjmax value is wrong in realtemp, it doesn't matter, as the distance TO tjmax stays the same no matter what the tjmax is set at)

so you have plenty of headroom yet,
intel burn test imo tests your cpu more than prime, so your temps will get higher. But this is extreme and in day to day gaming your temps will be at least 20.C lower
Edited by j.col - 4/29/11 at 7:42am
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Sound scary dude.. you should be o.k, get some good rest tonight...
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