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Another noob questions, sorry... How should I go about applying the thermal paste? I know there's different methods but what works best for the H70 kit? Should I just apply a small pea size in the middle or a line? And do you guys spread out the paste or just let the heat sink's pressure flatten it out?

btw I'm using Artic Silver Ceramique... got a small tube it but I'm wondering if it would be better to reuse the stock TIM that came with the h70?
Edited by semajha - 9/29/10 at 11:17pm
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Another noob questions, sorry... How should I go about applying the thermal paste? I know there's different methods but what works best for the H70 kit? Should I just apply a small pea size in the middle or a line? And do you guys spread out the paste or just let the heat sink's pressure flatten it out?

btw I'm using Artic Silver Ceramique... got a small tube it but I'm wondering if it would be better to reuse the stock TIM that came with the h70?
you could try either the pea sized dot method...or a used credit card and apply it evenly across the heatsink/bottom h70 cooler...not sure which is better

im using the stock compound that was on it
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Another noob questions, sorry... How should I go about applying the thermal paste? I know there's different methods but what works best for the H70 kit? Should I just apply a small pea size in the middle or a line? And do you guys spread out the paste or just let the heat sink's pressure flatten it out?

btw I'm using Artic Silver Ceramique... got a small tube it but I'm wondering if it would be better to reuse the stock TIM that came with the h70?
IMHO the application method you choose should be more based upon the TIM you're using than the object you're applying it to(unless it's centered around the flat/roughness of it but this shouldn't be much of an issue with the H70). Personally, I dislike lines/manual spreads/multiple dots but if you're very careful and have some experience you can probably do a sufficient(max coverage and no air pockets) job. The good old BB/pea sized dot method is, I think, the easiest and most error-proof way of applying TIM if you take the right steps after application.

Here is a decent breakdown of some different methods:http://www.innovationcooling.com/app...structions.htm

although that is for IC7D, which is quite thick, you can still imagine pretty easily how TIMs that are less thick would react to the same methods. I viewed a youtube video on the different methods that was impartial and more detailed but can't remember the name - found it by doing a search for something like "TIM application" or "applying TIM" if I remember correctly.

As for re-using the stock Shin-etsu - If it is still pristine and there is not too much of it on there(as some have reported experiencing) then I would say go for it because it's definitely in the top 2-3 as far as TIMs go ATM(correct me if I'm wrong guys^^). Ideally there will be only enough TIM to fill the minuscule imperfections and that's it - any excess is actually going to impact your temps negatively. If it does seem like it has too much on it but you still want to use the shin-etsu, you can remove it/reapply only the desired amount but I'm not sure how exactly this is done w/o introducing foreign particles or air pockets but I'm sure someone here could help you with that.

Just my 2cents - hope it helps.
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Thanks slimbrady, i'm starting to get real nervous about applying this stuff now.. lol.
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ahhhh. just apply a pea size drop on the middle of the processor. don't spread it anymore just my opinion though. that's what I did to mine temps are great
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Thanks slimbrady, i'm starting to get real nervous about applying this stuff now.. lol.
NP man, hehe. Don't stress too much about it if you're not hyper sensitive to every possible 1c difference in temps...even guys who apply TIM 50 times a week still get variations(1-4c) in temps after each mount...pretty hard to get it exactly right since you're blinded by the base of the heat sync but practice never hurts. Placing your PC flat on the ground so that the cpu/hs are level helps. So does keeping a steady level of pressure once the TIM has made contact followed by criss-cross(top left, bottom right, top right, bottom left, repeat..) tightening of the screws as that will hopefully give you a more even spread.

Just try to make sure once the surfaces make contact they don't separate from each other. And if you're switching TIMs make sure you thoroughly clean the surfaces before applying the new stuff.



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can u please add me.
Post a pic of your setup for us to enjoy =) Then hop over to the first page and add yourself using the google spreadsheet. I think the founder of this thread gave up following it 500 or so pages ago, lol.
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My H70

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My H70

I want to see your full case... I love those colors that are visible
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