Amount and technique for applying thermal paste.

hi
this is my first pc build and because of having to take my cpu and heatsink on and off the thermal paste and dried up.
so i purchased some new paste.

after watching some tutorials i cant decide how to apply the paste.

do i do a x
do i put a small dot

i have a quad cpu and would just like someone to tell me how much to apply and what technique to use.
if you have a video please post a link.

thanks
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  1. You can use isopropyl alcohol or acetone (fingernail polish remover) to remove the old paste. I use about 5 tiny drops (looks like a number five on a domino) less than a teardrop just touching around the cpu and even out with an old business card, credit card, or single edge razor.
  2. thanks for the reply
    but others say that causes bubbles to form and they hold the heat or somthing like that. anyone else have any advice.
  3. thanks that link really helped.
    thanks
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