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Is there a "correct" way to apply thermal paste to my cpu and heatsink

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Last response: in Overclocking
April 8, 2011 12:30:42 PM

I've looked up a few videos and they show some spreading it around and then attaching the heatsink, but some apply the thermal paste and then directly add the heatsink.

Which way is better and are there even better ways?

I am using the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus just let you guys know.

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April 8, 2011 4:08:13 PM

I have the same cooler. I did some research before my purchase, so I'll share with you what I did.

First, when you look at the surface of the cooler, you'll notice that there are crevices in between the heatpipes. If you apply a thin layer of thermal paste, that void will not be filled with any thermal paste at all. The way I applied it was: put a small blob in the middle, then seat the cooler, then I removed it again to see how it spread. Apparently, the gaps I talked about earlier absorbed some of the thermal paste, so the outermost edges of the processor were not covered with thermal paste. I added more paste to the cooler itself to fill the gaps, then tried it on again. Everything was covered this time. It was my first time applying an aftermarket cooler, so it wasn't pretty job, I guess.

If you spread the thermal paste before seating the cooler, you might be able to get away with a very thin layer. For reference, my i5 750 at stock runs at about 35C at idle and 55C-ish at load, with 28-30C ambient temperature.

If you're interested in the thermal compound stuff, this link is a good read. I highly recommend it, especially the application part, which would probably help you a lot.