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I wanna fit my ek waterblock to my gtx 580 sc, before aplying thermal pads at the chips do i have to put thermal paste? or thermal paste should only used at the processor of my gpu?
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No paste what-so-ever
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aha just thermal pad then..
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Yessir, why pads though?
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Thermal pads are used when a gap is too large for paste to be effective. VRMs and Memory ICs usually qualify.
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so as i understand i don't have to put thermal paste to vrms and memory just thermal pads and thermal paste should be aplyed to the main processor.. Is that wright?
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so as i understand i don't have to put thermal paste to vrms and memory just thermal pads and thermal paste should be aplyed to the main processor.. Is that wright?
Doesn't usually work that way. The entire point of thermal paste is that it is a thinner medium than thermal pads, so it is more efficient at transferring heat. If you use pads on the vrms and memory the gap between the processor die and the waterblock will be the same thickness (because the waterblock is a "true" surface), defeating the purpose of putting paste on it.

Just use one or the other
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First off let me say I am faaaaaaar from an expert on WC, but in my limited knowledge of the matter don't many waterblocks have different heights for the contact of the core and things like VRMs and VRAM? That has been what I have seen from a few videos I have seen.

Anyway I can say confidently is that you should follow the directions of your particular waterblock and that if it does say to use thermal pads for something (like VRAM and VRMs as I would imagine) then you want to use only thermal pads there, and likewise if it say to use thermal paste (like for the GPU core) then you want to only use thermal paste. Also I would add that Blameless seems to be both familiar with WC and to be pointing you in the right direction, I would heed his advice. Best of luck.
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Well in this case follow the instructions

Since that waterblock is amazing, you can use thermal paste on the processor.
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