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post #11 of 17
Fear not! Get a copy of HWiNFO64 or Core Temp and monitor your core temperatures at idle and under load, and you will know with complete certainty that everything is good to go.

It's not rocket science, and unless you're going to be overclocking to the edge of the stability, or spending all of your time benchmarking or ripping H.264 video, the thermal paste application method won't make that much difference.

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post #12 of 17
Depends on your paste and CPU. Some are thicker, some are thinner. As an example Arctic Silver 5 officially says to use a line vertically if the corner arrow is bottom left. What CPU is it?

http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_application_method.html#

Personally i have the i7-4770k and H80i, i replaced a motherboard and had to take the cooler off (to move cpu) and thus had to clean the paste off and apply new paste.

I probably did it "wrong" but here is what i did. I used rubbing alcohol 91%, q-tips and coffee filters. The stock paste came off easily with q-tips. Id wipe from edge towards middle and spin the q-tip as i wipe. Once i got the bulk off i used rubbing alcohol and coffee filters to wipe the surface of the cpu and cooler off.

I applied a relatively thin line on the cpu and used a plastic card to spread it thin and even across the cpu surface edge to edge. I then mounted my radiator and fans and then mounted the cooling block to the cpu tryin to move it as little as possible while bolting it down.

My temps are low enough that i didnt royally screw anything up. Bios read ~40-44, in windows at desktop idle ~25, 30-40 while installing software. Havnt put load on it yet, will get to that tonight.

It was my first time applying paste myself, and if my temps seem to be bad i will redo it and probably use line method that AS recommends.

Oh yea, and it will have to break in, so your temps over time should drop after the paste goes through cycles of cooling and heating.
post #13 of 17
I did not think that the way of applying the past was such an art!!!

But watched loads of videos on youtube and desided to redo mine again wile waiting for my CLP to turn up....

So this time I put a 1MM line of Artic silver on the die as well... instead of spreading it over the die...
and made sure I did the same size line on the top of IHS too... ( A little shorter than the die's lenth)

Well after putting it all back in with my cooler on, I did some testing and to my astonishment It had dropped another 9-10c....so now I have dropped more than 16c since de-lidding my 3570k two-three weeks ago!!!

And all this with a modded coolmaster V8 (with a NF-F12 pwm fan) and some AS5 thumb.gif
Edited by Robbieboy - 6/14/13 at 10:48am
post #14 of 17
Yea delidding is a whole other ball game. Im too scared to try and delid my 4770k, although i know itd prob drop my temps 10-20 degrees. With my luck id end up bricking a ~$350 cpu. TBH i probably wont be able to tell the difference between stock and OC much less the difference between a couple hundred mhz delidding might get me.

I think the gist is that however you do the paste, you dont want to smear it on like your making a peanut butter sandwich and you dont want to apply so little that its bare metal.

When i get home ill have a better idea of how well (or bad) i did with applying mine after i can stress test my machine.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by cdoublejj View Post

that's too much or at the very least more than is needed.

Yea maybe thats to much.. if I think of I more i use about half of that..
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post #16 of 17
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Yea maybe thats to much.. if I think of I more i use about half of that..

if you ever a surface area that BIG, do the high five. while the clamping pressure will spread it out there is a point at whihc it can't spread that far. i know nvidia has some big covers/chips on some cards.

also q-tips suck i use a cotton balls, why take a tiny thing to such a big surface when with a cotton pad or ball, 2 swipe and or circles and you are done.
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