Applying thermal paste with direct contact heatsink
Hi, I recently bought the parts for a new i5-750 gaming computer (with HD 5850 on an ASUS P7P55D-E PRO) to be cooled with a Hyper 212+ HSF. I've read a few different methods of applying thermal paste to a direct contact HSF but I was hoping that someone could tell me the best way to apply the paste.
Also, after it's built, which programs would be best to stress test the CPU/GPU and to measure performance?
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prime95 works well as a stress tester, (furmark for the gpu if you need to test that too)
put paste between the gaps in the heatpipes and a VERY small line on each heatpipe. you dont want too much but you also dont want space in there(the gaps)
With this small line would I also spread it myself around the heatsink or when it sits on the CPU will it disperce enough?
Please follow the manufacturers instructions for applying thermal compound. The manufacturers typically have different application methods for different types of cpu heatsinks and different types of cpu's.