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Applying thermal paste

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by MTS, 27 Jul 2006.

  1. MTS

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    Looking at the arctic silver website it looks as if for CPUs with the large heat spreaders (ie. Conroe) you just put a small blob of paste in the middle and shove the heatsink on it.

    Is that right? Is it the best way to do it?

    Just doesnt seem like it would spread it very well.
     
  2. SiriusB

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    There is alot of pressure when you secure the HSF so that does an excellent job of spreading the thermal paste out. You just have to make sure you don't put too much on.

    SiriusB
     
  3. MTS

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    Ok. Thanks. Just wanted to check. :)
     
  4. 123456789

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    should the thermal paste be applied to the cpu, gpu, chipset etc or the fan block or waterblock that it being placed on it.

    Also what is recommended for spreading thermal paste?
     
  5. Dreadi

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    i just applied some AS 5, i hate the stuff, made a right mess of it
     
  6. Messiah Khan

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    I normall apply it to the chip itself, rather than the HSF/Water block etc. Also to spreadit you can either do as SiriusB says, or use a credit card, or the method I prefer is to place my hand inside a plastic freezer bag, and spread the thermal paste with my finger to get a really even and thin layer.
     
  7. Dreadi

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    wish you said that about an hour ago :(
     
  8. 123456789

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    i have just replaced my stock cpu heatsink with a maZe4 Dangerden waterblock whats the best way to remove the old thermal paste?
     
  9. hp7909

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  10. Messiah Khan

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    I normally just use kitchen roll and Isopropynol.
     
  11. Crilly

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    *looks at guide*

    yep I put farrrr too much arctic silver 5 on my 4000+ san diego. Whoops
     
  12. Foehammer2003

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    Lighter petrol worked every time for me, just leave it a few minutes after cleaning to ensure it has all evapourated
     
  13. D.Roberts

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    i use nail polish remover its the mutts works well and you get loads in a bottle.

    no im not a cross dresser :eek: .