Recently I decided to replace the thermal compound on my CPU due to the fact that it was slowly starting to overheat (Full load temp went from 59~64C to 79~86C). As I removed the Heat sink, cpu, cleaned/washed with arctic cooler solution 1 & 2, and went to apply AC5 on my CPU. Whether I applied the dot method, line that AC5 suggests, full thin spread, or hybrid X spread none work. My heat sink clicks into place and I check the other side of the motherboard to confirm the ends of the 4 clips sticking out but when I turn my PC on my CPU Temperature starts sky rocketing (80C Idle). I remove the heat sink and see that there was almost minimal contact no matter what the method. What can you suggest I do? Any help would be appreciated!
Yes the push pins on an intel stock cooler can be a bit of a nightmare !.
There have been a few cases of this in the forum, most of the cause is when one push pin has not clicked
right the way down on to the cpu heat spredder.
One lift in a corner will cause a gap .
Double check they are firmly set down, somtimes you get two clicks out of each push pin.