Heya guys, i've come across this issue lately when i realised alot of ppl including me don't really know what's the perfect way of applying thermal paste to their cpu. Some say it's best to add a "circle" of it in the middle of the cpu and then let the heatsink spread it, some say it's better to draw a line on the middle of the cpu and then let the heatsink spread it or use a creditcard/driver's license, to spread it around the entire surface of the cpu. Some say it's better to apply it twice, second time a week later after u've done the 1st apply, so it can fill all the microscopic holes in the cpu/hsf surface under heat. In the end, no one knows really what's the best way of applying thermal paste on the cpu.
I know it's a rather simple process mostly and some of you might not consider it worthy for a reply, but i'd like to hear some of your experiences and used ways of applying thermal paste.
Do you spread it or add the thermal paste differently if the cpu is a dual core or quad core ?
Do you let the heatsink spread it, or you do it yourself ?
Do you apply it only once, or more then once ?
Thank you all in advance for the input and knowledge sharing