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Best way to apply thermalpaste to an i52500k and hyper 212+

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Just got my new parts and I want to make sure I do it right this time. What is the best way to apply thermal paste to a i52500k and hyper 212+?
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post #2 of 8
http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...r-212-tim.html
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Put a dab in the middle of the cpu and plop the cooler on top. do not wiggle or slide the cooler around once it makes contact.
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post #4 of 8
line method or small dot in the middle

EDIT: Check HERE for application methods on the 212+
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post #5 of 8
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)

this depends on the thickness. for most TIM's this is fine, but for really thick TIM like AC-Diamond 24 you use a big blob the size of a pea

if you lift the cooler off the cpu while fitting, you will have to remove old paste and reapply new paste as you will have air bubbles.
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post #6 of 8
Different opinions for different heatsinks (HDT (heatpipe direct touch) or normal ones like Thermalright sinks...)

Some people like to apply two thin lines in a + (cross) pattern across the IHS while some use an X pattern.
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post #7 of 8
direct touch coolers need a bit more paste than most other ones do
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post #8 of 8
Don't you need to manually fill in the gulleys between each heatpipe and heatsink piece first? Otherwise if you just do the line/pea/cross all the TIM is just gonna fill the gulleys.
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