I've been lurking around the site for quite a while and based on the information in several posts, I have purchased the components for a new machine, all except for the CPU (which will eventually be a Barton, FYI.) Here's the question(s): Based on previous posts about the desirablilty of using Thermal grease to help heat transfer, how, to what extent, and where does one apply it? I have built several machines but I have never used any before. Is there a preferred brand, or is the stuff that came with my HSF sufficient? This brings me to my next question... I got a ThermalTake Volcano 9, which has a thermal based speed controller as well as a manual and a fixed speed. I was considering using the thermal contoller (low heat - low speed, high heat - high speed) but where and how would one attach this to the CPU while maximizing heat transfer? Thanks in advance.
If you aren't going to be overclocking, the stuff that came with your hsf will be just fine. If you are going to OC, then Arctic Silver 3 is pretty much the best. When applying it to an amd cpu, use a very small amount. (1/2 a grain of rice) to make a very thin but even layer on the core of the cpu. DO NOT use your finger to put it on. I usually use something like a credit card to get it even.