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Some questions about my Thermalright Silver Arrow.

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After the input I get from this thread, I will be re-installing/re-mounting it for the first time (a friend initially built my pc for me) and I was just wondering if I should use the stock Thermalright Chill Factor III thermal paste or some left-over AS5? Which is better? Which do you guys recommend?

I see there are a lot of different methods for applying the paste, but does any one care to share their experience with me? Which method do you find the most effective? Is there a best way for my particular cooler?

It looks like the way it was done before (judging by the coverage and how thick it looked) it was just spread (thickly at that) on the heatsink & cpu.

I think this may have been responsible for some unusual temps I was seeing before I decided to revamp some of my parts, but I could be wrong.

I've never had to apply my own Thermal Paste, as with most other builds I've just had to mount stock h'sinks with it already pre-applied, so try not to read this like I'm a crazy person... lol.

I just like to research things thoroughly before I make any attempts at something new. It's completely in my nature to approach things as meticulously as possible, but the forums and it's members are doing a great job of loosening me up. (yea'... no pun intended.)

Anyway! Feedback is much appreciated.
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This is going to cause some debate lol. See things like how to apply TIM are more of a personal choice. There are lots of diff methods, some proven some not. Each TIM maker also has their perferd method of application. I have always recomended AS5 due to price/easy to use/easy to get ahold of/works great for price value.. As far as application for an aircooler I perfer a pea sized dot in the center, and tighten down the HS evenly. Chill Factor III is some good stuff from the reviews i've seen. Never used it. Good luck.
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CFIII is good stuff and so is AS5 but AS5 has cure time. I have used the 1 and 1/2 grains of rice in the center of the CPU and wiggling the heatsink from side to side after it has been tightened a little for years now. I always have great temps.
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Thanks for the info guys.

Another question is WTH were Thermalright and possibly other manufacturers thinking when they designed the mounting bracket for AM3 boards? Seems like a huge hit and miss... or am I just dumb? I feel like I need 6 arms & hands to accurately mount this thing.
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Thanks for the info guys.

Another question is WTH were Thermalright and possibly other manufacturers thinking when they designed the mounting bracket for AM3 boards? Seems like a huge hit and miss... or am I just dumb? I feel like I need 6 arms & hands to accurately mount this thing.
It's like that with most mounting solutions. Just gotta finesse it.
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Yea, even the easy to mount HS and coolers are a pain to muck with. its always nice if you have a cutout big enough and in the right spot to not have to remove the mobo.
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