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Appropriate application of TIM for 4770k

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Hi all,

I'm in the process of building a new rig and I'm going to overclock a 4770k. My cooling setup for the CPU will use a 420mm rad in pull config and I want to delid the CPU and put the EK Waterblock directly on the Die.

Should I be using Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra? Or is Liquid Pro the better TIM? Should I apply this to the Die and the Waterblock before I fix the waterblock in place or is just on the Die ok?

Many thanks!
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post #2 of 4
They perform almost identically and many people say that CLU is easier to spread, so I'd go with CLU if the price is the same as CLP. I have used CLU but not CLP so I can't confirm if CLU is easier to spread or not.
     
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I bet something normal would be best to use, not CLU or CLP.

If you want to use CLU, it might be best to cover both die and roughly the area it will touch on the waterblock. CLU is fluid and sticks together very well but a tiny drop can still expand to cover a very large area. You'll see how it behaves when you'll first try to get it to cover the die. It might be best to just "wet" the brush on the syringe instead of dropping a blob of it onto the die as you only need the tiniest amount.

It doesn't really want to stick to a super shiny surface like the die, but you can expand the area it sticks to by patiently pulling with the brush at the edges of the area you already covered. After you covered all of the die, I'd suggest to use the brush with its tip still covered by CLU to paint on the waterblock. You shouldn't need a new blob of CLU out of the syringe. Without covering some of the block, I'd be worried the area CLU covers on the die contracts again and uncovers some of the die when you mount the block.

CLP, I've never seen, but people say it can fuse with various materials and will make your waterblock ugly. CLU, you should be able to wipe away and then polish the block's copper with metal polish and a good amount of patience.
post #4 of 4
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Cheers guys,

I'll give it a bash and see what happens. The last thing I overclocked was a 2600k a couple of years ago, so this should be an interesting project. I'll post up results in new thread once I've completed the build.
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EVGA Supernova 1000w G2 Dimastech EasyXL 
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