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not sure if this is the right place.... apologies in advance.

also, sorry if this has been answered before, i did search.

I have just received most of my components today, (below) and before i started to assemble the PC, I was wondering what good measures i can take to ensure i don't damage my components, and to ensure I make a tidy build.

I already have an anti static wristband.

also, what is the best method of applying thermal paste on 2500k?
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make sure you wear socks on a carpeted floor while rubbing a baloon on your head.

In all honesty just clip your wristband onto your case and you will be fine.

As for applying TIM; there are serveral methods and are all effective as long as done correctly.

Line method - small line down middle of chip
pea/rice method - small rice grain size dot in middle of chip
x method - draw an x or + across the middle of chip

Just make sure you dont apply too much TIM. You dont need that much... the thinner the layer the better...

Some people like to spread the TIM before applying the heatsink, I prefer to place the heatsink on and slowly apply pressure while turning heatsink back and forth to spread the TIM out.

Remember it is more important to get the TIM on the center of the chip as that is where the cores are, it is less important to get all the outside edges etc.
    
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The anti-static wrist strap should be enough to protect your components from any static discharge - just remember to clip it to your case!

I prefer the "rice-grain sized dot in the middle of the CPU" method.
Place heatsink on CPU, apply a little pressure and turn it clockwise and counter-clockwise ever so slightly to help spread the TIM, then complete the mounting process.
The pressure applied by the mounting hardware will work it's magic and spread the TIM all along the CPU in due time.

Just remember - if you think you didn't put enough TIM on, you probably did!
post #4 of 7
Let's think about this for a nano...

If you were to clip your band to an empty case...Where is the discharge going to go...

not many people think about this...Static bands and Mats are useless unless you properly ground them...

You're better off just attaching it to the outside of your PSU that is plugged into the wall.
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so you are saying the case wouldn't be grounded efficiently? i should install the PSU first then plug it in? what would i attach it to exactly?
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Originally Posted by NitroNarcosis;13321847 
Let's think about this for a nano...

If you were to clip your band to an empty case...Where is the discharge going to go...

not many people think about this...Static bands and Mats are useless unless you properly ground them...

You're better off just attaching it to the outside of your PSU that is plugged into the wall.

Put on some socks, rub your feet against some nice, shaggy carpet, and then touch any free piece of metal around you.
Now do the same while wearing the anti-static wrist strap clipped onto a different piece of metal.
Edited by VanillaCena - 4/29/11 at 3:14pm
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Originally Posted by Disabled Reaction;13322227 
so you are saying the case wouldn't be grounded efficiently? i should install the PSU first then plug it in? what would i attach it to exactly?

When you have the PSU plugged in, in the case of ESD it would travel through the metal on the PSU and then escape via the outlet.

Clip it to the fan grill on the PSU.
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