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My Dark Knight air cooler finally came today. It probably would have been much smarter to build my system with an other-than-stock CPU cooler, but hindsight is 20/20

In my excitement to instal the thing, I made one pretty big mistake. I assumed that even though this being my first time using thermal paste, I knew just the right amount to apply. Well long story short I ended up apply about the equivalent of a chickpea sized dot to the center. Put it back together, fire it up, and to my dismay temps were 4-5C higher than the stock i7 cooler!

Another long story short, took it back apart, cleaned off all the stuff (AS5), and reapplied about a rice size dot this time after consulting internet. Now temps are 2-3C lower than stock cooler, and I read that after about 200 hours they should drop another 5-8C as well.

Things I learned today:

Acetone cleans better than alcohol, dries faster too.
Don't make assumptions, dumb@$$!
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post #2 of 8
It should be much lower than 2-3C below stock. Also with the 950, I found that a thin line down the center of the chip works best. Also,

I'd suggest never using acetone, considering it melts some plastics, you really don't want something like that near your parts.
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i once wasted half a tube of arctic on a cpu once, wasted my money.

I'd stick with alcohol, acetone is...unpredictable, and plus what metrofreak said, it melts some plastics
   
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post #4 of 8
You have an hdt cooler you want to apply the paste to the center bars in between the pipes. Two thin lines down those separators and the excess will move into the voids between the sides of the cooperators.
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Your temps should be MUCH lower. Do the line method on the heatpipes. Also, Im not trying to insult you, but you did remove the plastic covering the heatpipes correct?
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It should be much lower than 2-3C below stock. Also with the 950, I found that a thin line down the center of the chip works best. Also,

I'd suggest never using acetone, considering it melts some plastics, you really don't want something like that near your parts.
How big should this thin line be? I think I've put too much TIM on mine as well.
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post #7 of 8
When all else fails just put a blob in the center about the size of a grain of rice, a damn pea is way too much.
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Your temps should be MUCH lower. Do the line method on the heatpipes. Also, Im not trying to insult you, but you did remove the plastic covering the heatpipes correct?
Well, trying not to feel too insulted, yes.

And I used acetone to clean only metal surfaces.

We'll see how it works after a bit of a break in period. I can always clean it off and reapply if the results aren't to my liking.

What sort of temp. reduction should I be expecting with this heatsink and thermal compound anyway? Current temp is 32C. Running Prime95 for 10 minutes it never went above 60C.
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