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I dont know how to start this but how would i know if i did a improper thermal paste spread? Below is a pic of my temp on idle, my cpu case at the time was 29c (no idea if this is right but i have my temp sensor in a really strange spot) and my room is maybe 70f and a little humid. At loads it is never above 55c. The way i spread the thermal paste was by placing a dot in the middle of the cpu and then spreading it with a card, lastly i spread a little more with my finger to reach the corners. Im using the paste the comes with the XSPC raystorm kit and a push/pull fans as a exhaust. The main reason why i think it is improper spread is because my 2nd core only runs at 31-33c on idle. If it is improper then what is the best way to spread the paste? Sorry if this in the wrong place.

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You're not supposed to spread it. That will create air pockets when you place the heat sink on. You leave the bead on there and when you press the sink down, it squeezes outward like squeezing a PBJ sandwich, covering the surface. Take the sink off, clean off all the compound properly and then redo it.


*edit* Think of when you put a sticker on: If you just slap it straight on, there are tons of bubbles underneath that are trapped, right? Now if you roll it on, no(or at least minimal) bubbles.
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I wouldn't worry about it. Personally, I just squirt a small amount (1.5mm by 1.5mm or sth like that) in the center, and install my heatsink, letting the weight of the heatsink spread it. saves me my finger and a credit card.
   
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ok i did a prime test, ran it for 3 min to just get the temps stable to give a idea of load. Ignore the max temp, i raised my volt a little but put it back down.

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hell i cant see any details in your pics. i cant click em either
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hell i cant see any details in your pics. i cant click em either

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post #8 of 8
your temps are fine but you could probably snag a good 2-5c off your max temps depending on how crappy
you applied the thermal compound initially. up to you if you want lower temps but its not like your cpu
is running hot anyways. up to you if you wanna OC more and squeeze every last bit outta your cpu.
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