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post #1 of 11
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Every time i've reseated my Heatsinks i've always put the thermal paste on the CPU only.

However i've seen other people mention that you should put some on the heatsink as well.

Would I notice much of a difference in temperatures if i did this too?
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post #2 of 11
Not at all. You should put your compound on the cpu, put as little as possible. When applying the compound try to get it as even as possible also.
Edited by gibsonnova74 - 5/16/08 at 9:18pm
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post #3 of 11
Don't do that. That's only for the Zalmann stuff that you paint on with a brush. This has been the best method for me. And don't spread it.
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post #4 of 11
If you're feeling especially special and have good dexterity lol:

(if not go for the grain of rice in the middle method!)



For some reason that pic has served me well
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post #5 of 11
umm,
the way in which i understand heatsinks to work is that they want to have a little amount as possible of the thermal paste as possible, so that the heat can get through easier. i try to put only a tiny bit on the cpu and then spread with a business card or credit card to cover the whole cpu with only just enough to cover it. then chuck the heatsink on without moving it around too much and ur good to go
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post #6 of 11


this is how AS5 is recommended to be put on by their instructions. (for a quad core)
Most people will suggest the rice grain technique.
    
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post #7 of 11
I always find the exact centre of the CPU and put a lentil sized blob of AS5 right in the middle. Never had a problem with that method even with Quads.
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by jul3z View Post


this is how AS5 is recommended to be put on by their instructions. (for a quad core)
Most people will suggest the rice grain technique.
I agree, AS5 says to do it like this, and as they make the stuff, they're probably right. I only changed to the dot in the very center method when I lapped both my chip and heatsink. For standard installations, the thin line method works best.

**a good method is to get a .5mm pencil tip, hot glue it onto the AS5 tube, and squeeze it out through that. It lets just enough out to make a perfect, thin line.
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post #9 of 11
I use the mech pencil technique, and its been the best for me.
    
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post #10 of 11
i put mine on the heatsink instead of the cpu...that bad? lol
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