Heatsink and THERMAL PASTE

I know that this is a newbie question.
But, do you think how much thermal paste should i place between the heatsink and the cpu.
I haven't tried it before so I'm curious and also cautious.

THis applies to AMD Athlon XP or 64 processors, because I Will build those systems later this year.

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  1. all the cpu coolers i've bought come with thermal paste and instructions on how much to apply. lately i've used arctic silver instead of the supplied paste, and they have a guide on their website. if you are using arctic silver on an athlon 64, they recommend "About the size of one and a half uncooked grains of short-grain white rice or 3/4 of a BB". its a good thing they provide pictures with the guide.

    <A HREF="http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm" target="_new">instructions from arctic silver's site</A>
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