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Newegg sent me some nice coupons, one of which is 20% for all Thermal Compounds. It will prob. go towards my son's "christmas gift" gaming pc. and maybe to my current build. I'm not familiar with TIMS, can someone choose something that works really well? Also, how exactly you do apply it? Thanks

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IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound if you can find it. I love this stuff but Artic Silver 5 is just behind it by 1 or 2 degrees. I also don't want to forget Shin-Etsu. Only thing better is the liquid metal alloy but that isn't needed.

Here is a link to the liquid metal alloy.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/colipro1.html

There are 2 common ways to apply TIM.

First, is a pea size (a pea not a grape) amount of TIM in the middle of your CPU and press your heat sink over the TIM using equal pressure on all sides.

Second, is the pea size in the middle again but then evenly spread the TIM over the CPU where it make contact with your heat sink. Use a credit card or old card you don't need to spread it.

One note if you do purchase the metal alloy BE VERY CAREFUL applying it. It is 100% conductive and if you get a tiny bit on your board or anything else you can have the chance of causing a short. You run this risk as well with the other TIMs but the others are easier to control the amounts used.
Edited by Tweex - 10/19/11 at 5:54am
post #3 of 12
AS5 is good. I prefer MX-4 though. You just put about half a pea size on the PC and install the heatsink on top to avoid air bubbles (don't spread then put the heatsink on)
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sorry for hijacking your thread for a moment bro, but you might benefit from my question depending on the method you choose to use.

when spreading the TIM, how thin do you go? I know people say paper thin, but should you JUST be able to make out the etching on the cpu or is that too thin?
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As thin as you can get it without seeing the etching. I don't see etching cause my CPU is lapped but just be cautious not to have to much that once you press down on your heat sink it spews out the sides.
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well, i guess it's between the MX-4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186038 and the Artic Silver 5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007

they are the same price! choices,choices!!!!
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IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound
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IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound
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I've use AS5 for tons of different builds, but IC Diamond seems to be the new popular one and is what I will be using on my new watercooled rig. I'm sure you'll be fine with whichever one you choose.
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IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound
Is this on Newegg? because i can only use my discount code there!
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