So i just finished my first major build last week and after doing some research applied the thermal paste as a dot in the middle and spread it around with an old credit card. Now after doing a little more research I see that the Arctic Silver site recommends a Vertical Line for the i7 3rd gen cores. http://www.arcticsilver.com/intel_application_method.html#
Does it really matter that much? My CPU seems to idle around 33 C and Ive seen it go up to 50 C under load. Also Arctic Silver says 200hrs of break in time, as long as the computer is turned off from time to time (which mine isn't). Should I make an effort to leave my computer off some nights?
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No, your temps seem fine.
should I be turning off my computer to help with break in? or does that not really matter?