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I7 3770k thermal paste question

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January 4, 2013 1:44:44 AM

Hey guys I am looking to OC my cpu soon and I have heard that the thermal paste needs to be spread over the entire thing and I have also heard a pea sized drop in the middle is fine and the heat sink will spread it out. I put a pea sized drop in the middle and somewhat spread it around but definetly not covering the entire cpu. Is that okay? I want to OC safely and with cool temperatures. Very new to all this, and this was my first build so yeah..

a c 796 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 1:50:36 AM

Yes it is OK the main thing when overclocking is to monitor temps.
a c 448 à CPUs
January 4, 2013 2:40:29 AM

Yeah, it should be fine.

One trick I use is to just put a drop in the middle, then place the heatsink squarely on top of it. Next I twist it 90 degrees one way, twist 180 degrees the other way, and finally center it while maintaining contact to secure the heatsink to the mobo.
January 4, 2013 5:57:57 AM

Another trick is to put a pea drop in the middle, and spreading it with your index finger in a sandwich bag until it covers about all of it with an even application.