To Spread Or Not To Spread That Is The Question.
I am currently building my new baby,
I have heard some people put the Conducting paste ie MX-2 in a pea sized blob in the middle of the processor, and some spread it about.
Which way can you guys reccomend and any tips on how without ruining my cpu.
Any advice much appreciated
I usually do the drop in the center, and then spread it with a razor blade to within a mm or so of the edge, then when i seat the heatsink i twist it a few degrees in each direction before i clamp it in place. Been doing that for almost 10 years and have not had to reaply yet. (i might just be getting lucky though)
People tend to over-complicate. As long as you have some on there, and the heatsink is mounted correctly, it will be just fine for all but the most extreme overclockers. As most have mentioned, a small amount about the size of a grain of rice is all that is needed. Too much will do more harm than good, then simply let the heatsink spread it out under pressure.
It bears worth repeating as I have seen people get competely carried away with this and use way, way too much. To the extent that is oozing out all around the processor in globs! A small amount the size of a grain of rice is all that is needed.
Some people like to spread it out. Personally, I don't like this approach as it can allow air pockets to get trapped in the thermal paste. However, as I said, most important is that you have some on there, and double check that you have attached and mounted the heatsink correctly.