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Hey guys.
im just wondering what method you guys used on your 2500k/2600k when applying thermal paste?

I read online that for Quadcores its best to do a small X, but the arctic silver site says to do 2 small lines, others say just a small dot in the middle, or to spread it out useing a credit card. MY rig shipped on friday so il be building it this week, just wana know whats the best way to apply the TIM.
    
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post #2 of 17
It's usually best to do a small (grain of rice sized) amount right in the middle.
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post #3 of 17
This:
http://img854.imageshack.us/i/img1823a.jpg/

I think it was a little too little though. Meh, I'm idling @ 30C and loading at 65C in games with my OC so I'm not changing it.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 3/20/11 at 10:13am
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I do the spread method and get awesome temps on air and water.
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This is my first time actualy applying TIM, ive installed 2 other CPU coolers before, both came with TIM already on them. im sketched out im gonna mess it up ahha.

Il be useing Zalman STG2, which i heard is really good, but thicker then most TIMs
    
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post #6 of 17
Well.. what I did was place a tiny bit within the crevices of the heatsink with a card. Then I put some thin vertical lines on each metal piece
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ironhide138;12802242 
This is my first time actualy applying TIM, ive installed 2 other CPU coolers before, both came with TIM already on them. im sketched out im gonna mess it up ahha.

Il be useing Zalman STG2, which i heard is really good, but thicker then most TIMs

Just put the tube into a glass of hot water for a couple minutes before you apply it. It helps a lot (I use IC7).
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post #8 of 17
i do the X method
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With that cooler it would probably be best to use as thin as possible of an X pattern. Theres a video somewhere on here actually that shows how each method spreads using a clear piece of plastic. The x was the most efficent in coverage.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dillmiester;12802677 
With that cooler it would probably be best to use as thin as possible of an X pattern. Theres a video somewhere on here actually that shows how each method spreads using a clear piece of plastic. The x was the most efficent in coverage.

is it this one?

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4[/ame]
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