forgive me if this has been gone over many times, i am at the beginning of my plan tobuild my own pc, not too keep costs down, or to have the ebst spec around, really just to have a go at building a better pc then we currnetly have.
I am thinking of the thermal paste appliance - i currnetly replace the thermal compound on xbox consoles with some artic silver, i apply a small dap to the chip and spread it about thinly using a childs glue spreader (these are really great btw for consoles at least, they are soft and flexible) is this suitable for pcs? or i have read somewhere of a small pea size in the middle then attach the cpu / gpu and when its on itll heat up and spread? (doesnt sound to safe, but if its the correct way then so be it)
If you apply only a dab in the middle and allow it to spread out by applying pressure to the HS you will end up with a circular transfer pattern ignoring the corners of the CPU. Personally, I think this is a dumb thing to do however others would argue the point. I use a credit card to spread a thin layer evenly over the entire surface of the CPU. IMHO this allows for the maximum heat transfer possible.