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How do I apply thermal compound to an i5-2500k?

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I am about to put this computer together and was wondering how to apply the thermal compound. I was always told to use an amount the size of a pea in the middle, but Arctic Silver's site says that for this CPU, you should use the "vertical line method". Which do I do?
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post #2 of 110
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And do I need to clean a brand new CPU before applying thermal compound?
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post #3 of 110
I usually use a grain of uncooked rice size. Works fine.



yes, wipe the CPU off, just make sure it doesnt have any old TIM left on it.
post #4 of 110
http://www.arcticsilver.com/methods.html

Yes, do what the site tells you. I thought I was applying the right amount on my 950 using the pea method but got horrendous temps. then I used the verticle line method, and it worked out great!

EDIT: No, you don't need to clean a new cpu unless it has thermal paste leftover from before.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Master Chief;13398829 
I usually use a grain of uncooked rice size. Works fine.



yes, wipe the CPU off, just make sure it doesnt have any old TIM left on it.

what's tim?
so because this is a brand new cpu still in the box, i don't need to clean it?
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post #6 of 110
TIM = thermal interface material = thermal paste
 
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post #7 of 110
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ok thanks guys
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post #8 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dopamin3;13398893 
TIM = thermal interface material = thermal paste


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Originally Posted by yomama07024;13398937 
ok thanks guys



You betcha!
post #9 of 110
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what is that little mesh thing with 4 holes in it that came in a box inside of my case?
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post #10 of 110
Check the link in my sig!

And Here its the 80way TIM Performance test, including application methods.
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