Hi, I'm building my own comp for first time, and I'm using an A64 3700 which comes with its own thermal paste already applied to its fan's heatsink. The paste comes in this neat little thin-layer square that pretty much fits right over the CPU, but I've read on a website that you smear the paste all over the heatsink into a thin layer. I'm assuming that I don't have to smear this square all over the sink?
Also, I accidentally scratched a tiny groove about 3/4 a centimeter long across the paste. I put back whatever I scratched off, but the groove is still visible. Hopefully this doesn't affect my CPU's cooling?
Thanks for helping out a noob! Also, I'm not planning on OC'ing, I just wanna play games, so I'm gonna stick with the stock paste and fan.
I am running my Athlon 64 3200+ at a stock frequency and using the stock thermal pad and everything is fine and dandy!
Quick Terminolgy Lesson:
Thermal Pad - What comes on many heatsinks. You just pull the protective cover off and set the heatsink on the processor.
Thermal Paste - The stuff you ooze out onto a processor and spread out. Applying too much paste or too little paste could cause problems. Many people who like to overclock will use a premium thermal paste such as Artic Silver.
Be aware that the thermal pad on the base of the stock heatsink is good for ONE USE ONLY. This means if you remove the heatsink at ANY time, you will then have to remove the thermal pad and use thermal paste.
Yeah you should test it first but if it's not good enough for you then get some good aftermarket thermal paste like the one of ocz or artic silver which conducts more heat better than regular pastes that comes with the product.
I have used the artic silver 5 on my cpu's, chipsets and graphics cards and notice some 5 to 10c* decrease in temps.
Yeah it was hard to get neatly off my fingertip when I initially got it on. Kinda tough to manage and spread back out too. should have probably used a razor blade, I used my pocketknife after cleaning its blade.