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Hope this is in the right section.

Anyway, I'm about to put on an aftermarket cooler on the my 940, anyway, I'm curious since I see about 10k different ways to put the thermal paste on, on youtube and googling it.

What should I do? I've heard of the credit card method, the plastic bag on your finger method, and the pea sized dab and just put the fan on and rotate a little bit and bolt it down method...

I'm lost and need some good advice. Thanks!
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The pea-sized glob of paste on CPU, put heatsink on top method is the simplest for a beginner. Just do that.

This is the maximum paste you should put on the CPU:



Less is generally better than more. It depends upon your paste and heatsink.
Edited by Riou - 5/15/11 at 10:32pm
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Find your processor here and use the method recommended:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/amd_application_method.html
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Most places I've been to suggest grain of rice to pea size in the middle of the chip. To spread it, you push the heatsink onto the chip and it will distribute the paste. I've not had to use a credit card or a plastic bag.
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Pea Sized dab directly in the middle of the cpu. Put not enough and you'll overheat maybe. Put too much and stuff happens as well.

But those extremes aren't near to a pea size so don't worry about it being exact.

Just don't put the heatsink on and take it off cause you think you messed up. Try not to move it around to get it to spread, it spreads from force applied down, not smearing. Let the force spread it naturally.
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Pea Sized dab directly in the middle of the cpu. Put not enough and you'll overheat maybe. Put too much and stuff happens as well.

But those extremes aren't near to a pea size so don't worry about it being exact.

Just don't put the heatsink on and take it off cause you think you messed up. Try not to move it around to get it to spread, it spreads from force applied down, not smearing. Let the force spread it naturally.
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The rice grain method still keeps my old 1090T at 4.2GHz on 1.39 vcore. Evidently, the same method is recommended by Arctic Silver for the quad versions.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Riou View Post
The pea-sized glob of paste on CPU, put heatsink on top method is the simplest for a beginner. Just do that.
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Most places I've been to suggest grain of rice to pea size in the middle of the chip. To spread it, you push the heatsink onto the chip and it will distribute the paste. I've not had to use a credit card or a plastic bag.
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Pea Sized dab directly in the middle of the cpu. Put not enough and you'll overheat maybe. Put too much and stuff happens as well.

But those extremes aren't near to a pea size so don't worry about it being exact.

Just don't put the heatsink on and take it off cause you think you messed up. Try not to move it around to get it to spread, it spreads from force applied down, not smearing. Let the force spread it naturally.

All these. Remember, less is more with TIM. What TIM are you going to use anyway?
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I actually go with a little less than a pea size. I go with about the size of an uncooked rice grain. Every time I take off my heat sink it's perfect for me. I'm think my CPU is a bit smaller (IDK) so you may need a tad more but anything past a pea size is too much.
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