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post #11 of 26
usually i do a bead about the size of a 1/4in bearing and let my water block spread it out. i repeat the same process with my nb sb and mosfets.

but if you must get a finger cot or gloves get powder free nitrile gloves thats what we use in the tattoo industry they are impermeable to most liquid substances except vasaline and a&d ointment both seem to break them down easily(dont be stupid and stick ur hand in acid or something either). they also dont rip easily and there a little bit harder to puncture than a regular latex glove. as an added bonus there awesome for people allergic to latex as they dont contain latex.
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I use my old credit card and have no problem with this so far and I did it at least 40times if not more..
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post #13 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
I tried BB size once, but it wasn't enough. Here's what I do:
  1. I apply paste
  2. I install the heatsink on all the way
  3. I remove the heatsink to check the paste application
  4. I fix the paste application as needed
  5. I install the heatsink on all the way again
  6. I remove the heatsink to check the paste application again
  7. I fix the paste application as needed
  8. I install the heatsink on all the way again
Would this not allow for air bubbles in the thermal paste almost the same as spreading it? Correct me if I am wrong...
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post #14 of 26
Fuell, I think you're right. Japan_4 mentioned it earlier, and it got me to thinking that maybe I should never do that ever again. Although, I've never had problems with temps.
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post #15 of 26
I was curious if the "fix as needed" part had any steps to prevent bubbles, sounded like a decent way to do it...

But yea, seems the pea sized dot and allowing the HS to spread it gets the most consistent results... I can remember applying like 3mm thick paste all over unevenly and after putting the HS on seeing a bunch of excess squeeze out around... god I was such a noob when I was 13 heh
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I didn't look for possible air pockets. All I cared about was getting it to cover the CPU to my satisfaction.
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post #17 of 26
It takes some estimating to see how much paste you need. For the GPU on a 4890 you wouldn't need even half the amount you'd need for a GPU on a GTX580. Same goes for CPU's.
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Yea, just make sure you ALWAYS test your setup after putting it together... You can do everything by the book and be unlucky... The temps will tell
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post #19 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by MasterFire View Post
It takes some estimating to see how much paste you need. For the GPU on a 4890 you wouldn't need even half the amount you'd need for a GPU on a GTX580. Same goes for CPU's.
That's one reason why I had to keep removing the heatsink: I couldn't rest until I was sure.

Although now I have a fairly good idea of how much to apply and also where to apply it so that I usually only need to remove the heatsink once.


Edit: Oh I forgot to mention that I always go straight to the BIOS to check the temps for a few minutes to see how it's doing before I decide it's good.
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post #20 of 26
I prime both the hsf and cpu with an extremely light coat.
Then I use 2 small vertical lines on the cpu.
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