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I applied thermal paste yesterday - first build. Anyway, my temps at idle on 2 of my cores (q6600) were 32 and 33, and on 2 others they were higher, like 38 or so. Folks have suggested I re-seat my cooler, and I assume that means take it off, reapply paste, and reattach the cooler.

My question is about the paste. My paste was kind of clumpy, so I took off the clumps and ended up with a really really thin layer of paste. Is this too little paste? Could that be causing the temp differences.

Also, the design of the TRUE allows it to move slightly from side to side on the CPU. I found that to be odd.
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post #2 of 7
from what i know. it tends to clump up if you spread it around (gets grainyish) but if its clumpy when coming out of the tube, make sure its not like old or something. what kind of paste is it? and what method did you use to apply it?
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post #3 of 7
as a rule of thumb, less thermal paste is better.

if your TRUE is moving around, you should probably tighten it more (the TRUE is a bolted HSF... right?) it shouldn't be moving on your cpu at all
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post #4 of 7
Use the Line Method for a QuadCore (make a line in the middle of the chip) or the blob Method for Dual Cores. Less is more. Don't let it leak. Use good quality brands (MX-2) and clean with Alcohol if needed.
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post #5 of 7
I have a C2D.. and I did a very thin even spread about the thickness of a piece of paper.. and boh my cores run about 24c.
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I have a C2D.. and I did a very thin even spread about the thickness of a piece of paper.. and boh my cores run about 24c.
technically thats too much. the theory is a grain of rice or bb size drop in the middle of the cpu that will spread evenly with even pressure. but if it works, it works.
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i do 5 little dots and i mean little. one in the center and a about half way to the edge. and my load temps dont go above 53C
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