Originally Posted by VanillaCena
Honestly, it's all the same crap - just get whatever you can get at a good price.
I use Arctic Silver 5, so the advice I'm giving probably won't work with thick TIMs such as Shin-Etsu and IC7.
The first thing I do is use 91% isopropyl alcohol to clean the CPU and heatsink. I recommend using coffee filters to do this.
The next thing I do is place a tiny amount of TIM on the CPU and rub it around with a coffee filter until I can't see it anymore, essentially "tinting" the CPU. The reason I do this is to fill in any microscopic valleys on the CPU, which reduces cure time. If I'm using a heatsink with exposed heatpipes, I do pretty much the same thing so I can fill in the lines between the pipes.
Afterwards, apply a small dot of TIM right in the middle of the CPU. Don't spread it with a credit card, just leave it as-is. The pressure provided by the mounting hardware of the heatsink will force the TIM to adequately spread.
That's pretty much all there is to it. Good luck!
Yup i agree with the bit about rubbing it into the surface first,i also do this and neither do i use a credit card as it dont work well with thicker TIM like IC7(which i use on cpu).
I also put a blob in the middle and let the heatsink and cpu spread the TIM,in my opinion if you where to use a thicker TIM like IC7 then this would be the best way to apply as it should be the best method to avoid airbubbles in the TIM contact area.
Id recommend you spend a little time first having some trial runs so you get the amount just right.
You dont want he TIM to spread thick at all as this will actually hinder thermal transfer.
Its only purpose is to fill microscopic irregularities in between the 2 surfaces when they make contact so the area of contact is at its maximum possible giving the best thermal transfer.
Some people seem to think your actually using TIM to adhere the cpu and heatsink
If you use a thinner easy spreading paste i know theres different methods to apply the TIM but im not really familliar with thinner TIM application as i always use IC7 on my Cpu.