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Every since I purchased my CM Hyper 212+ last week, I found it a big pain to install. I always found myself using a little too much force or pressure while installing this. The first time I installed it, my computer ran fine. I got 40c idle and around 60-65 with IBT or Prime 95. This is what a stock i5-3350p. I thought these temps were too high for this cooler and it was able to rotate about 10 degrees so I tried to reseat and reapply TIM. However in the process I crushed quite a few motheroard pins effectively bricking it. Now that I got a new motherboard, I would like to do this correctly.

1) What is the best method or a good and easy way to apply TIM on this HSF?

2) Is the HSF supposed to rotate a little when installed correctly? If not, might it be defective?

Thanks.
 
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This is my go to link to send to people who ask about applying thermal paste. As for installing the cooler, you want to do hand tight mostly to make sure you don't smash anything (this is the methodology I use.) You want to heatsink to feel solid and to make good contact to not enough to smash, you might be able to find a few videos to explain it more.
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Ha! "The Metal Method" that's funny. I always go with the "Pea Method" on my 212 works great.

I torqued everything down by hand and went slowly, the only thing I did differently was to tighten the screws in a star pattern maybe 4 passes total, and my 212 does rotate slightly.
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Thanks both of you. I will try this later when my motherboard arrives. Hopefully everything works and I get good temps.
 
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Ha! "The Metal Method" that's funny. I always go with the "Pea Method" on my 212 works great.

I torqued everything down by hand and went slowly, the only thing I did differently was to tighten the screws in a star pattern maybe 4 passes total, and my 212 does rotate slightly.

I do the same thing with my 212. Hand tighten in a star pattern has worked the best for me. As for the thermal paste, that video says it all. Get good thermal paste also, Arctic Silver seems to be the popular choice. Mine does spin a bit as well, not too much, just slightly. It dosn't wobble or anything like that though, and it cools like it is supposed too. 35C idle 53C full load on my 965.
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I would normally use the pea or rice grain method but on my Hyper 212 EVO I drew a thin line across each of the exposed heatpipes.
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This is my go to link to send to people who ask about applying thermal paste. As for installing the cooler, you want to do hand tight mostly to make sure you don't smash anything (this is the methodology I use.) You want to heatsink to feel solid and to make good contact to not enough to smash, you might be able to find a few videos to explain it more.

I just installed a Thermalright True Spirit 140 and thought I'd follow the instructions to the letter for once. wink.gif I usually use the "pea-sized dot in the middle" method, but the Thermalright instructions said to spread the TIM on both the heatsink and CPU evenly. Used an old credit card to spread it out somewhat evenly. I used OCZ Freeze Extreme which is non-conductive, but none of it spilled out the sides anyway. Seemed to do just fine. My idle and gaming temps dropped by 10-12C vs. the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro that was on it. Still, I think next time I'll go back to the pea-sized dot method. Its always worked fine for me as well.
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