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Heyo,

Shortly, I'll be taking my computer apart to clean everything of dust bunnies/do a better job on cable management. I also plan on buying some AS5 or Shin to put on my CPU as well. I'm currently using the stock TIM that came with my Zalman 9700. It does a good enough job of keeping under the thermal spec at 3Ghz, but I want to get it lower (not planning on clocking it higher). When I apply it, I just need a *roughly* rice grain sized portion...and place the cooler on top and screw it in, correct?

I've heard of the razor blade technique, spreading it all around the heatspreader to get just the right amount on the CPU. Would this be better for my quad? If so, do I do the same procedure to my heatsink as well? Or just one layer on my quad and throw the heatsink on top and off I go?

I'm wanting to do the razor technique, as I'm always worried that I'm using too much, but if the rice technique is better, that's what I'm gonna do.

~Gooda~
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Good luck with the as5! i did the rice tech. and it spread enough to cover the cores on my cpu, so i think it works. I'd have tried the other method, but the as5 i got was crap as i think it was sitting too long. I did the rice method with my asus stuff, and it seems to work great.
    
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Heyo,

Shortly, I'll be taking my computer apart to clean everything of dust bunnies/do a better job on cable management. I also plan on buying some AS5 or Shin to put on my CPU as well. I'm currently using the stock TIM that came with my Zalman 9700. It does a good enough job of keeping under the thermal spec at 3Ghz, but I want to get it lower (not planning on clocking it higher). When I apply it, I just need a *roughly* rice grain sized portion...and place the cooler on top and screw it in, correct?

I've heard of the razor blade technique, spreading it all around the heatspreader to get just the right amount on the CPU. Would this be better for my quad? If so, do I do the same procedure to my heatsink as well? Or just one layer on my quad and throw the heatsink on top and off I go?

I'm wanting to do the razor technique, as I'm always worried that I'm using too much, but if the rice technique is better, that's what I'm gonna do.

~Gooda~
1\\2!!!!! a grain of rice (if you have a lapped proc and or HSF). If you do the spread it (plastic bag, razor blade, credit card, etc) you only put TIM on the proc. none on the HSF.

Spreading is not required (as the HSF will squish the paste out to cover the proc) but lots of us do it to keep the TIM thin.
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Thanks guys! Now just to buy the TIM.

I've been hearing that Shin is better than AS5; is that true? If so, I can get some Shin here for $7...

Hates, thats the reason I was going to use the razor method, wanna get it perfectly right.

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Yeah Shin Estu is the best, MX-2 has proven to be slighlty better than AS5 also.
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