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April 7, 2013 9:44:56 AM

I applied some Artic Silver 5 to my CPU. I think I might of applied it wrong. I wiped the old thermal compound off with a sock. I then put a lot of thermal compound on and spreaded it with my finger.

This was just yesterday. Today, I was playing GTA IV and my temperatures went up to 105 degrees, not even under full load. Today, I wiped it all off with a sock again, and simply drew a cross with the Artic silver, so my H60 could spread it.

If anything else would cause this problem, please say.

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April 7, 2013 10:06:55 AM

You have to wipe the residue of the old paste off properly before applying a new coat.
Use q-tips dabbed in acetone or rubbing alcohol.
Do not use water as water conducts electricity.
Just apply a very thin layer on the CPU and let the heatsink spread it.
Properly ground your hands before handling either the CPU or the Motherboard as even the slightest bit of static electricity can spoil your components.
April 7, 2013 10:12:29 AM

sharingan5 said:
You have to wipe the residue of the old paste off properly before applying a new coat.
Use q-tips dabbed in acetone or rubbing alcohol.
Do not use water as water conducts electricity.
Just apply a very thin layer on the CPU and let the heatsink spread it.
Properly ground your hands before handling either the CPU or the Motherboard as even the slightest bit of static electricity can spoil your components.

I simply made a cross with the Artic Silver, so I never put much on at all. And what will happen now, since I have wiped it off with a sock?
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April 7, 2013 9:35:00 PM

If you are still getting increased temperatures, wipe both the heatsink base and the CPU with q-tips or cotton dabbed in acetone or rubbing alcohol.
Then apply the thermal paste(use a very small amount, the paste is to facilitate exchange of heat between the CPU and the heatsink, thus if you apply too much it does exactly the reverse of what it is supposed to do)
The problem shouldnt persist.
April 7, 2013 10:15:39 PM

sharingan5 said:
If you are still getting increased temperatures, wipe both the heatsink base and the CPU with q-tips or cotton dabbed in acetone or rubbing alcohol.
Then apply the thermal paste(use a very small amount, the paste is to facilitate exchange of heat between the CPU and the heatsink, thus if you apply too much it does exactly the reverse of what it is supposed to do)
The problem shouldnt persist.

I have removed it and cleaned all of the thermal paste off and replied it. So far, my temperatures are better but I'll have to wait and see.
April 7, 2013 10:18:44 PM

I guess that should be it. Thermal paste by itself cannot work miracles, it helps your cooler work miracles. Considering you have a H60 I don't think you have much cause to worry.
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April 8, 2013 11:55:53 AM

What processor do you have? Either way go here:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/methods.html

Choose Intel or AMD, choose your processor, and it will tell you the best recommended way of applying the paste. Arctic Silver 5 has a decently long break-in time, which can be reduced by tinting your heatsink and the processor's IHS and is explained in the guide.
May 28, 2013 9:51:01 AM

Thanks very much. I reapplied the paste and everything is going very well.
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