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How much thermal paste do I use?

post #1 of 14
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I'm getting ready to build my computer and I bought an aftermarket CPU cooler. How much thermal paste do I use?
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post #2 of 14
most people say to put a line in the middle put i noticed no difference from putting a bb size goopy gob smack dab in the center.
   
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post #3 of 14
visit arctic silver web site and follow their tutorial.

it varies for each type of processor.
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the whole tube, that's why they give it to you... duh...

j/k don't. you'll ruin everything.
    
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post #5 of 14
for the quad its different than a dual, the line needs to go side to side, as the first reply posted, go to artic silver website and they have a guide.
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post #6 of 14
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Thanks guys. I'll just use the line method then.
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post #7 of 14
it really depends on what CPU your installing
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post #8 of 14
try to use as little as possible. you will think that your not using enough, you are. btw, what part of AZ are you in?
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post #9 of 14
Use the tip of a .7mm mechanical pencil to apply the AS5 with. Makes a nice, even, perfectly sized line
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post #10 of 14
I normally put a small blob in the middle of the CPU, then use a small piece of card to spread it so I end up having a very thin layer all over.
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