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Core 2 Duo E8400 paste: thin even coating, or line?

post #1 of 5
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I know this topic has been beat to death but I'm still not sure. I want to repaste the thermal paste as it's been a good while since I've had the CPU, however I forgot how I've done it, or if I've even done it correctly to begin with.

So, would a thin even coating be better than a line down the middle?
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I put a small pea size, and then rub it evenly with a plastic bag (covering my finger) until most is covered.
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post #3 of 5
Small pea in the middle of the processor. Then, allow the pressure of the heatsink to spread it. By spreading it yourself, you are creating air pockets. By leaving it in a pile in the middle it will spread outward from there leaving less chance of air and gaps.
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post #4 of 5
The cores in the e8400 are shaped as a vertical rectangle if you're looking at it top down with the arrow corner of the chip to on the top right.

I'd either do the dot method or a small line as such.
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post #5 of 5
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Thanks guys. I guess I'll be trying the line then.
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Intel E8400 3.0 3.0 GHz Stock Gigabyte P35-DS3L MSI R6870 Hawk Crucial 4GB DDR2 5-5-5-18 
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Western Digital 500 GB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Antec earthwatts EA500 500W 
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