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Best way to apply thermal paste to 212+?

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Tomorrow I'll finally be building my new PC, but I have one small question about my cooler... What is the best way to apply the thermal paste? Should I dab it onto the processor itself and hope it spreads nicely? Or shall I apply it to the cooler and spread it manually with a card and make sure it gets inbetween the copper pipes?

Thanks.
post #2 of 13
I apply a single tiny droplet to the processor, and I spread a very thin amount on the heatsink just to get in-between the heat-pipe grooves. Good results so far!
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post
I apply a single tiny droplet to the processor, and I spread a very thin amount on the heatsink just to get in-between the heat-pipe grooves. Good results so far!
Pretty much the same way I did it. 1 small drop and then I spread it thin with a business card to make sure it gets in all the cracks.
post #4 of 13
are you buying the 212 new?
if so, usually the paste is pre-applied, so you just have to fit it.

if not then this is what i do.

i place the paste onto the cpu.
i use a grain of rice size, then i put i little dab each side, so it looks like a +.
then when i push the cooler down onto the cpu, i will give it a little twist of about 45 degrees and back again.
this way, the paste spreads properly.
then screw down cooler.

once cooler is pushed down, never lift it up and down again, this will introduce air bubbles.

there are loads of guides on youtube.
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Trust me and do it this way. Put small lines in between each of the heat pipes. With the 212+ this ends up with three lines. Doing it this way gives the best possible temps. Trust me. Two Cables will probably chime in with the link and picture.
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As long as you have non-thermally conductive paste and no-regard for moderation...

1. Put pea size in the middle with droplets in every corner (far too much)
2. Spin heatsink all over it to make sure it is all around
3. Boot up and disregard higher temperatures
4. Take heatsink off, wipe paste off of it with coffee filter/alcohol wipe
5. Wipe excess paste off sides of CPU
6. Put everything back together
7. ???
8. Profit!!!

Not the best way to do it but I get pretty good temperatures with it.
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Trust me and do it this way. Put small lines in between each of the heat pipes. With the 212+ this ends up with three lines. Doing it this way gives the best possible temps. Trust me. Two Cables will probably chime in with the link and picture.
From what I've heard this is a pretty solid way to do it with the 212+.

Although I'll have a search around and see what others say

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Originally Posted by Ryleh View Post
As long as you have non-thermally conductive paste and no-regard for moderation...

1. Put pea size in the middle with droplets in every corner (far too much)
2. Spin heatsink all over it to make sure it is all around
3. Boot up and disregard higher temperatures
4. Take heatsink off, wipe paste off of it with coffee filter/alcohol wipe
5. Wipe excess paste off sides of CPU
6. Put everything back together
7. ???
8. Profit!!!

Not the best way to do it but I get pretty good temperatures with it.
Hahahaah, although that'd probably give me 100% coverage it all sounds extremely messy, I'll stick to the regular ways of doing it
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Originally Posted by welly321 View Post
Trust me and do it this way. Put small lines in between each of the heat pipes. With the 212+ this ends up with three lines. Doing it this way gives the best possible temps. Trust me. Two Cables will probably chime in with the link and picture.
I do the same thing....little line on the sides of the heat pipes, and then spread it evenly. Did the same on my bro's pc. 1100T and it runs really cool.

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post #9 of 13
3 lines of paste in the space between heatpipes as said above. Use enough to fill the gaps between heatpipes and aluminum base.
It might take a few tries to know how much paste you need.

Head over to the 212 plus club thread they have link to a guide there with photos.
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Hahahaah, although that'd probably give me 100% coverage it all sounds extremely messy, I'll stick to the regular ways of doing it
I put that because it's pretty similar to how someone would do it if they didn't know what they were doing. Just modified to where it won't insulate and make things worse.

Although it is pretty wasteful I think I actually prefer it since it guarantees 100% full coverage (albeit more waste).

Wasn't really sure of your level of expertise but it seems above my rudimentary method of doing things. Another posters suggestion about filling in the cracks of the heatpipes seems like the best method of doing it.

Guess my post was a little irrelevant since your heatsink doesn't have a flat bottom so it'd have to be done a little differently.
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