Clean and apply thermal compound
what is the best method of removing cleaning and applying fresh thermal compound to the processor and how much more do you apply to the heatsink
You'll get alot of members with some different techniques but essentially the same.
I start by cleaning the stock paste of the cpu using a soft lint free cloth and 99% isopropyl alcohol.
When i'm ready for cooler mounting i apply a 5mm pea sized amount of compound in the middle of HS.
Some compound is not very co-operative so i have also used another method which involves applying the compound in tiny dabs in a grid covering the HS.
Both have worked well for me.
Your first time will involve a little patience.
Btw i've tried the plastic card spreading approach and was never successful but i think it was a matter of the compound i was using .
Thermalright ChillFactor 2 which is very good btw but not for spreading.
In the same class as AC MX-2 and AS5.