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Intel i5 750 Install Advice

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February 23, 2010 7:46:59 PM


I'm about to do my first CPU install which I intend to overclock. I have got an Intel i5 750, Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Arctic Silver 5. I've read many conflicting reports on what to do/not to do when using thermal paste. Could someone confirm is this plan of action would work?

Add the CPU onto the motherboard
Use a credit card to wipe the thermal tape found on the Cooler Master Hyper 212, then use 98% alcohol to get rid of the left over bits
Add a pea size amount of the Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound onto the heatsink and rub in with a plastic glove to cover
Attach heatsink to CPU and follow the rest of the instructions

Many Thanks
February 23, 2010 8:04:06 PM

Great, thanks for the info. Can you confirm that the removal of the thermal tape is required.
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February 23, 2010 9:11:03 PM

You absolutely want to remove the thermal compound from the Heatsink. You are replacing it with the AS5 and you REALLY don't want both on there. As far as applying the AS5, there are several acceptable ways to apply it, such as the X pattern mentioned above, but in my experience I end up with too much when I do that. the pea sized dot in the middle of the CPU (mentioned in your post) has worked great for me in the past, and you really don't even need to spread it with a glove. All you need to do is drop on the pea sized drop in the center, and then attach the heatsink- if you are careful to press it evenly and make sure it has enough pressure, it should spread the thermal compound to where it needs to go (you can wiggle it around a little once its installed to make sure its properly covered).
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February 24, 2010 12:39:30 PM

The Hyper 212+ is a direct contact heatpipe cooler. You will need to put a thin line of paste between each of the pipes. I pea sized blob will not spread enough with this type of cooler.
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February 24, 2010 12:48:45 PM

+1 to dfusco.

And just so you know, I'm also using a Hyper 212 Plus. I used a fair amount of thermal compound to get the space in between the heatpipes filled with TIM. Free space doesn't conduct heat so well. :( 
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February 24, 2010 1:33:20 PM

I'm using the Xigmatec HDT-S1283 which is also Heatpipe-direct-touch, and my AS5 spread just fine using a pea sized blob. I guess it comes down to preference and what you feel works best.
February 24, 2010 6:02:44 PM

Many thanks for your help so far. I've just taken the 212 out of the box and removed the"Remove before use" label and there doesn't seem to be any insulation tape on the heatsink even though the instructions indicate there is? Can anyone who has a 212 confirm if I can add the thermal paste, or is there something to clean which I can't see :o 
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February 24, 2010 6:09:04 PM

does it look like just plain metal? If you can see bare metal, then there might not be anything on it. If its not bare metal, there is Thermal compound on it.
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February 25, 2010 8:59:10 AM

There is no "insulation tape" of any kind. The only thing I removed was the "Remove before use" sticker.
February 25, 2010 5:38:20 PM

Thank you for all your help :)  Now it's time to build...