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Mounting my Hyper TX3 and case airflow

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Okay, I've been looking around for the collective best method for a few things. First off, I'm replacing my stock cooler on my i5. I screwed up with the thermal paste I think pretty badly. I suck at spreading it and the fact that I used the cooler master stuff didn't help. Now, I saw the article about the best way to apply is to different heatsinks and came up with the best being the two strips between the copper pipes. I;m terrible at spreading it and would like to avoid that now that I know its possible.

That said, I'd also fancy opinions on which way to mount it. I have the CM 690 (first incarnation) and its full of fans right not. On the top, I have the back fan as exhaust and the front fan as intake. The rear fan is exhaust currently. The side panel has the top fan as an intake and the bottom as exhaust. Ideally, I'd have the intake for the cooler facing the front of the case but my memory is too big and the fan hits it. My GPU is right under the CPU mounting so having the intake face down I would fear it grabbing heat from the back of my GPU.

I do realize theres a lot here but any suggestions on fan placement, thermal paste application and the cooler placement is great appreciated
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I don't have that fan, but I face the same situation as you. I have my sunbeam ccf with the fan pulling air toward the rear exhaust. I can't set it up as a push because it blocks my memory.

For thermal paste I used spread method for the heatsink. Spread a little bit of thermal all over the heatsink making sure to cover the area where it's the copper pipes. Then I spread a pea sized amount onto the CPU and used the heatsink to smash it down. So far so good. Get about 28-35c idle and 44-51c load depending on room temperature.
    
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I have that same cooler. I'm tempted to lap it.
I was going to put an H50 in my Thermaltake V3 but it's not possible.
The case has vents on top so I spent some tedious time to mount so the cpu fan is blowing air out the top.

The highest temp I've had so far (probably under load is 51c).

I have a Phenom II 955 and AMD Overdrive can over clock it to 3.7 without any problem.
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