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post #1 of 20
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How much paste is required ?
Do I need to apply the paste to both cpu and heatsink, or just the cpu?
Do you spread the paste?

I'm building a pc today and i wanna do this right.
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I use a pea sized dot in the middle of the processor, sometimes smaller. In this case, less is more so as long as you have a complete spread, you don't want it to be too thick.

I put my hand in a small plastic sandwich bag and spread it around with my finger. I've heard of business cards working as well.
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I use a pea sized dot in the middle of the processor, sometimes smaller. In this case, less is more so as long as you have a complete spread, you don't want it to be too thick.

I put my hand in a small plastic sandwich bag and spread it around with my finger. I've heard of business cards working as well.
thanks! That's what i have been doing.

I saw a video on youtube with linustechtips and he didnt spread the paste, so i was kinda wondering which is the best way?
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FYI, the stock TIM that comes with the H50 is pretty nice stuff, no need to remove it.
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thanks! That's what i have been doing.

I saw a video on youtube with linustechtips and he didnt spread the paste, so i was kinda wondering which is the best way?
I always spread it. I can't really attest to which method is better. I feel like the most common technique is to spread it. My co-worker just sent me this link to send to you too.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how...nd_install_cpu
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FYI, the stock TIM that comes with the H50 is pretty nice stuff, no need to remove it.
I have removed it long time ago (since june2010)
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post #7 of 20
I've always heard never to spread the paste. It greatly increases chances of air bubbles forming, so you should always just put a rice- to pea-sized dot in the middle of the processor and apply the heatsink, it'll spread into the nooks and crannies perfectly just by pressure.
post #8 of 20
i wouldn't recommend spreading it.... the paste is used to make the connection smooth between the cooler and chip. It fills in the micro scratches and such. if you put the hs on and attach it securely it will spread its self out.. a rice sized dot is all you need... my .02 cents
post #9 of 20
Yup, don't spread it. I sometimes just make a "X" on the processor, but apparently a pea sized drop works well too
post #10 of 20
pea sized amount on the cpu... you dont need to put any on the heatsink. if it comes with something on it, i'd take it off with isopropyl. all you need is a thin amount in between the cpu and heatsink. if you want a better contact, you could lap the cpu since the cpu usually has uneven edges around the heat spreader.
Edited by luckii - 1/11/11 at 8:09am
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