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so i just took it apart and cleaned everything but i have a few questions before i go on

1. ran out of ic diamond so im using some mx2, what's the best way to apply the TIM for a gpu? should i spread it or do an X or..?

2. what's the best way to install the standoffs? not sure how i can get them to stay in place when i flip the card and screw it in.. i thought there would be some kind of groove for it but there's not

3. do i need to put TIM under the thermal pads?
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so i just took it apart and cleaned everything but i have a few questions before i go on

1. ran out of ic diamond so im using some mx2, what's the best way to apply the TIM for a gpu? should i spread it or do an X or..?

2. what's the best way to install the standoffs? not sure how i can get them to stay in place when i flip the card and screw it in

3. do i need to put TIM under the thermal pads?
1) use the squeegee method (use a piece of plastic to spread the TIM across the gpu so that it makes an even flat layer)

2) use a tiny bit of TIM on the bottom of the stand-offs. They'll stick in place nicely.

3) no, you don't put TIM under the thermal pads
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1. Squeegee/spread, or large pea (what I did this time around).

2. A little bit of cold, stiff TIM (refrigerate for a short period of time).

3. You could (I did not as to avoid mixing TIM components) as the pads have low tack.
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got it on, thanks guys
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I'm using a diamond application (Two X on top of another at 45 degrees turn).
So far so good.

Instructions even tell you, that you can use a bit of TIM to keep the stand-offs in place.

Thermal pads are a replacement for TIM. Don't mix them together.

Read the instructions. They are very good.
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well, i ended up putting a small dab of TIM on the thermal pads.. instructions said it needs a bit to help it stick or something, couldnt hurt right? lol
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well, i ended up putting a small dab of TIM on the thermal pads.. instructions said it needs a bit to help it stick or something, couldnt hurt right? lol
Nah, it won't hurt them one bit as long as they're stuck on. Take some pics!
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Let's see some pics or it didn't happen ...
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lol here's a quick shot of where i'm at.. will be finished soon

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ek directions say X, but I usually spread it on for non-cpu blocks.
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