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How should I apply the thermal paste? I was thinking of putting an + on the cpu and then putting the cooler on, Ive heard if you spread it out over the cpu it could create bubbles that would trap heat. I want to know the best way to apply the thermal paste to get the best temps possible, I get temps in the ~90*c range with stock cooler, on load. I've had the V6GT on my cpu until I lost the bracket while installing a new cpu.. So what would be the best way to apply thermal paste to get the best temps possible, also I bought some cooler master high perfomance paste but its silicone paste and I heard that silicone paste is not as good as the other thermal paste, so should I use the paste that come with the V6GT? I dont think that is silicone based, thanks
post #2 of 18
Small grain of rice size is plenty...slap the cooler on and it will spread itself out...To much paste is a bad bad thing...
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which should I use, the silicone CM High performance or the paste that comes with the cooler?
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Did you even try searching? I have seen like 3 of these threads in the past couple weeks alone.
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yes, ive seen that video
post #6 of 18
The small pea sized method works the best for me, whatever method you can do best is the best for you, just make sure you don't spread it with anything, you'll create air pockets.
Lastly remember not to put too much on, it won't conduct heat as efficiently. The more paste is on the Cpu the further the heat has to travel to the heatsink thus reducing the heat transfer increasing your temperatures.
post #7 of 18
Peas are huge. A BB is more like it, but when you use low viscosity paste it flattens. Go with 2-3 grains of shortgrain rice.

I have my doubts about that video, since heatsinks are held down with steady pressure that moves TIM over time.
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post #8 of 18
Put a small dot in the center of the cpu, and twhen it heats up when you power it up, itll flow all over the cpu. Be sure to check the spread before firing it up the first time, itll spread a little bit, make sure it has good coverage before powering it up the first time
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post #9 of 18
I've also read about tinting both surfaces first (using a card or a clean glove). If this is done, is there a need to apply more before mounting the cooler?
post #10 of 18
for most heatsinks thats fine, but with direct heatpipe contact ones, it will take alot more, best to fill in the cracks on the heatsink, then apply it to the cpu
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