Originally Posted by Cheer
Well typically when you put paste between 2 flat platforms, the paste will spread for obvious reasons.... I put a dab and just spread it around the chip .... then i put the heatsink on and applied pressure.... then when I removed the heatsink I noticed the paste had spread a bit on the chip but still didnt cover the whole area.... so i just used my finger to spread it around a bit more myself to cover the whole area....
then i put the heatsink on and locked it in place. It hasnt oozed off the side of the chip onto the board
What did you spread it with the first time?
You removed the HS and respread the existing TIM with your finger?
No, just no...
If you are going to spread it, you will need a flat surface like a credit card and you really should not go spreading around used paste with your uncovered finger.
Id suggest you reapply fresh TIM and see how you go.
When you re-seat the HS, can you pls take a couple of pics of the HS base and the CPU die before you clean it. Id be interested to see the sort of spread you got with that application.
Rubbing alcohol is good for cleaning off TIM... coffee filters too