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Hey Guys

I have been busy with many questions (various categorical threads) on overclock.net again after a long period of absence, mainly due to the fact that many changes took place with my system which has not happened for a while - yay!

I got a new Corsair H100i GTX (among many other things) which I want to install and would like to chat about thermal paste / grease (TIM) with brush applicator for the sake of ease of application.

Historically, I have been using Zalman's ZM-STG1 which has served me well over the years but I have a suspicion that there may be much more effective (better performing) products out there by now.

I really like the ease of the ZM-STG1's application and was wondering if there are other products similar to it (brush applicator wise), which may perform better? I am from South Africa so I won't necessarily have such a massive range of selection of products (brands) to choose from which worries me a bit.

Can I kindly ask you guys to share your thoughts are please? Thanks.

Regards,
CTV
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Thermaltake, GELID, EK. Check those brand's TIM.
Apply a small dot (size of small rice grain) and install the cooler. The TIM will spread evenly. Don't apply with a brush or your finger. It creates small air pockets and uneven surface.
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^ What BrandleyW said. Spreading it out with a brush is more work then it is worth, and raises the risk of air bubbles. I've only brushed when I went with CL Liquid Ultra, but the past 13 years on Arctic Silver 5 with a smaller-than-pea dot in the center has done me plenty well. There are better pastes out there, but not by much.

The following guide is 3 years old, but still relevant info as far as 'install method' is concerned. How you use thermal past is more important then WHAT thermal paste you select.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-heat-sink-heat-spreader,3600.html

--And now to get out of here before the inevitable "My TIM can beat up your TIM!!!" flameware starts--

*edit for spelling
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