I imagine that real washers (round perforated metal) would be preferable, but I guess I could try something else if I were in a hurry.
Having said this, I imagine that there might perhaps be a concern of applying too much pressure if fiddling with the mounting, perhaps risking damaging the cpu somehow.
I wonder if anyone has tried adding a couple of washers to their cooler for improving pressure and if so what they think of it all.
Btw, I searched for "washer" on this forum section but found no results, so I made this thread.
Edit: I think the only place to put the washers, would be between the head and the spring, or just below the spring. But this way, it would be impossible to add a washer with a simple hole in it, so some kind of "open" washer would do.
Hm, I guess it would be possible to just take off that metal thingy that keeps the screw and the spring from falling off the cooler, for adding a simple flat washer, but I am not sure if that metal thingy could easily be fitted back on.
Edit2: I just found a couple of washers for some ikea furniture, will try it out later. They have a thickness of exactly 1mm by the looks of it.
Edit3: From what I recall after inspecting the lapped cpu and cooler surface, I am guessing now that I lapped away a total of 0.5 mm, leaving 0.5 mm of uhm pressure potential with my 1mm washer. I imagine that the two oval bracket parts used for fastening it all to the mainboard, that those will perhaps make sure that too much pressure will deform the plastic tubes and not necessarily denting the motherboard or damaging the cpu, because of the oval shape probably leading the force off the axis with regard to the screws with the plastic cylinders on either side. I think this will work nicely, but then again, I am no scientist.
Edited by Decoman - 5/6/12 at 7:51am