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post #1 of 13
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Hi

how exactly do I apply AS5 to my heat sink and cpu?

i don't understand the guide book where it says to tint the surface of heatsink and cpu but then it says don't do that and instead make a line on the cpu...

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I would apply the AS5 to the trash and get some mx4
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You can (should) do both - I would tint both surfaces first to push the compound into the microscopic pits and valleys, wipe most of it off with a lint free cloth (I use lens cleaning paper), then apply a thin line as described. If you have a heat pipe heat sink you can probably just use a straightedged plastic scraping tool to remove the compound.
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ok thanks.

i'll buy the mx-4, but not for now... maybe when I get my i5

i can be clumsy at times and i don't want to **** up a good set up by getting as5 on a component and having a 4th of july in my haf 912 rofl

can you help me with just putting the stock i3 2100 cooler on the cpu?

so I tint both the bottom part of the hs where it touches cpu and the top of cpu?

then i just put a line on the cpu and push down the heat sink?
Edited by Tori - 8/8/11 at 5:57pm
    
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im pretty sure the stock heat sink is round yes? I would just put a tiny pea sized dot in the middle and just push down. you will be fine
   
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no need to tint, etc?

just pea dot and press?
    
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
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no need to tint, etc?

just pea dot and press?
Should be fine. Some say to use a rice grain sized drop instead of pea sized.
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post #8 of 13
Depends on the surface of your heatsink.

If it's flat, then yes a small grain of rice sized dot in the center + twist of your HSF will be good.
If it's a HDT cooler, then you'd need to fill in the gaps, and use parallel lines to the heatpipes (check out this guide).

Also make sure both surfaces (chip/cooler) are clean before applying TIM + seating the cooler.
Use 91% Isopropyl alcohol and lint-free cloth to wipe both clean before applying (coffee filters will work if you don't have any lint-frees).


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I would apply the AS5 to the trash and get some mx4
AS5 will still be fine; the best TIMs money can buy are only 1-2c better than what we would even deem "ok."
Edited by candy_van - 8/8/11 at 10:21pm
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so ur saying... i don't need a credit card and all that stuff to do the "sinking in" of the paste?
    
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post #10 of 13
nope, just dot and press
   
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