HSF & Themal Goop

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.

Lobbest thou thy Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch...
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  1. 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.

    For more info, check out <A HREF="http://www.arcticsilver.com" target="_new">http://www.arcticsilver.com</A>

    <font color=blue> If it ain't broke, don't fix it...tweak it.</font color=blue>
  2. Thanks for the link to the Arctic Silver site. Sounds simple enough. Now does anyone know about the TT Volcano 9 sensor placement? The instructions that came with it weren's too helpful.

    Lobbest thou thy Holy Hand-Grenade of Antioch...
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