Originally Posted by F1nal_Chapter
I just spent a while successfully removing the previous thermal paste and using arctic clean 1 and 2 to clean each surface.. then i applied the recommended line of thermal paste and after connecting everything back up.. it wont start.. it tries to.. the heatsink, northbridge, and aux fan all TRY to start up with some flickering and then dies or i shut it down. Im really confused as hell. Some forums tell you to never spread thermal paste while others tell you to spread it throughout the surface but a VERY thin layer.. i did not spread it on this reapply of the thermal paste and it wont start up. What to do?
TIM application has nothing to do with your no post issue, sounds like a grounding issue.
Have you cleared cmos, as suggested earlier?
Try reseating your ram, double check all standoff placements, make sure none are in the wrong location.
Also make sure there are no contaminants on the contact side of the proc.
Originally Posted by Joeking78
Go with what Zalman recommend. They recommend a very thin application across the whole surface of the cpu.
I read a few reviews on the 9700 and the majority applied the paste that came with it in the the way the instructions said.
To be honest I just fon't think the 9700 cuts it as a high end cooler, well especially not for quads. When I hooked up the Reserator XT last night my temps dropped from 44 idle to 34 idle and a smiliar drop with the load temps too
I have a 9700 on my folding rig, does quite well, 1.42v and loads in the low 60's using the line method
Great airflow is a must with the 9700.