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Hey,

I'm new to building computers just built my first one on Friday and i realized i used a big glob of thermal paste before installing my heat sink, is it bad that i had a large glob? or will it not matter. will the excess just be squeezed to the sides and not harm anything? or should i remove the heat sink and replace it?
 
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Depends.

Typically when it comes to thermal paste, more does not mean cooler temps.

Ideally you want a pea sized drop, so when your heatsink goes on it spreads out nice and thin (or use a credit card to spread it evenly yourself).

It may harm something if the thermal paste you used is conductive, e.g. AS5.

You should probably re-do it.
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i used Arctic Silver 5 HIGH-DENSITY Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5 Gram.
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=10715&...rctic%20Silver

And i should just remove the cooler and try to clean it off as best i can? It felt like there was still maybe half the tube left so i should have plenty of leftover then for reapplication?
 
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OP, I would try to take the heatsink off and clean off the excess paste and just use a tiny blob the size of a uncooked rice grain. Typically the less TIM, the better the temps as it will allow more effective heat transfer to the cooler surface. Also some pastes are conductive and can cause serious problems if they come into contact with certain parts of a motherboard.

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Depends.

Typically when it comes to thermal paste, more does not mean cooler temps.

Ideally you want a pea sized drop, so when your heatsink goes on it spreads out nice and thin (or use a credit card to spread it evenly yourself).

It may harm something if the thermal paste you used is conductive, e.g. AS5.

You should probably re-do it.
Pea sized is still too big, but not as big as OP seems to describe. Use a rice grain sized drop. I've been doing this since day one on 1366 and 1155 and never had a problem.
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Yeah, remove the cooler and wipe off both the heatsink and the processor. I typically use cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alcohol to help remove it (make sure the power is off while you're doing this, and do not get any alcohol into the CPU socket).

Clean both surfaces the best you can, you don't want any residual old thermal paste around.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=4
^--If you want to see how it's done
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Alright thanks I'll remove it when i get home tonight and reapply it like in the that tutorial
 
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You can look on youtube for some installation videos. They can answer your questions better than we can type them here.
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The Blob on my cooler is maybe a little bigger then this one but i didn't spread, i assume thats still too much

 
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well, i took it off and it appears i had a little too much it spilled over on the sides slightly so i cleaned it up with qtips and applied a thin layer using a plastic bag to spread it evenly across the surface like in the link
 
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