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Best way to apply thermal paste?

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I've ordered all the parts for my first ever build and I've prepared by watching Newegg's video on how to build a computer. The main debatable thing I saw was how he applied the paste. He seemed to put a lot on and spread it around with his finger in a bag of some sort. What are your guys opinions on this? Hyper 212 Evo cooler if it matters.. it's not a perfectly flat bottom so I don't think it will all get covered evenly if I just put a drop on and squish the cooler onto it. I've thought about using a card of some sort to spread it out? Is too little or too much worse?
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I have the hyper 212+. When I installed mine, I spread paste on the cooler's base to make sure all the nooks between the pipes were filled. I just put my finger in a clean plastic bag to spread it around and make sure all gaps were filled and to prevent excess. Then I put a bead on my cpu and screwed it down. Try not to raise the cooler off the cpu after you initially put it down to prevent air pockets.

I'm not 100% about the internals of the 3750k but if this is how it actually looks, Arctic Silver suggests applying a thin vertical line to ensure the cores all get covered.

Enjoy your new rig.


Edit: After doing a little more checking, it seems the gaps between the pipes on the evo are much smaller than on the 212+. So, you could probably get away just applying the paste to the cpu and letting the pressure fill in the gaps naturally. I would still smear a small amount on the cooler itself just to ensure all the gaps are adequately filled. But that's just me tongue.gif
Edited by oorenotsoo - 4/29/12 at 3:05pm
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Thanks guys. I think I'll do the vertical line method
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