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What is the best way to apply thermal grease onto the 3770K? I got a Noctua NH-D14 as my coolor. Is the thermal grease that comes with it good? I think I ****ed up because I tried to do the line method but thought the first go around looked too thin so I went over it going the other way but accidently had an extra dollop at the end go over part of it. I'm worried I applied to much and created an air pocket so I think I'm going to try and reapply it. The computer and the parts are still at my parents house so I won't be able to finish building it until next weekend. I did check to see that it booted with the minimum amount of parts though!

What kind of overclocking potential as well as temps should I be looking at?
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what type of thermal paste did you use? I always use the line method for intel, drop for amd..... as far as overclocking goes, what MB does the 3770k have a home in?
EDIT: Just used line technique with AS5, h100 and my 3770k yesterday. Worked great. temps are like 15 on idle, 55 on load
Edited by ripsaw - 12/15/12 at 12:02pm
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post #3 of 6
Yes, the line method is best. If you can orient the line along the length of the core, that is best, but you'd have to google the chip to see which way that is. With the NH-D14 I'd expect you could get 4.5~4.6 pretty easy, and depending on volts something in the 4.8 range should be possible. Beyond that you might have trouble though.

Edit: This picture from the delidding thread shows it clearly - the notches on the side of the chip will help you orient it.


Edited by Forceman - 12/15/12 at 12:03pm
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post #4 of 6
Line method is best I think. Also, if you're up for it, I strongly recommend delidding and changing the inner thermal compound. It will drop your load temps by like 20C no joke
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post #5 of 6
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It was the thermal grease that came with the Noctua. Is this good or is there better?

How did you do the line method?
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post #6 of 6
What comes with it is fine. Just put a short line in the middle of the CPU, oriented along the core (see picture above). You don't want much, make the line about half the length of the CPU. Here's some examples:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/What-is-the-Best-Way-to-Apply-Thermal-Grease/1303
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