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how do you apply your thermal paste?

post #1 of 26
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I was wondering how members on the forum apply their thermal paste. i think i suck at it and that is why my temps are so high. and how long do you guys tend to wait after you apply the thermal paste/grease, also what do you use. im tryin gto lower my temps i just resat my cpu and got myself higher temps, im definitely doing something wrong, im liquid cooled with a gtx480 gtz 4 delta's and laing vario d5 pump. my cpu is currently load at 57,57,66,66
    
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post #2 of 26
just a dot right in the center
i used to spread it out over the chip, than one day i was doing something with it and wanted to just put it back on real quick to do something since i was gonna reseat in like 20 mins agian and i just did a dot, and my temps were wayyy better.
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i put about the same amount of 2 rice drops..and my temps seem fine with AS5.
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post #4 of 26
Used to put a think line in the middle when i was on air cooling but as the water CPU block has a little square base i just put a dot on it
post #5 of 26
I put a rice size in the middle seen mine are lapped.
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post #6 of 26
I just put a dot in the center and let the HS do all the work.
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post #7 of 26
1 large dot in the center, 1 small dot on each edge, and one very thin line on all sides. Then I mount my waterblock and let the pressure spread it out.



EDIT: I use OCZ Freeze
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I use the line method. (Ignore the Arctic Silver 5 title)
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post #9 of 26
don't do the finger spreading method or that "line" for quad cores. The best way is to simply put a dot.
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