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During BadBadRobot's build stream, there was a tiny debate on what was the best way to apply thermal past to a CPU. I argued the dot method was the best, and a few others said spreading it even was the best way to do so. 

 

While it looks like the final method he used had the best results as far as coverage, this shows you what happens when you spread thermal paste over a cpu before placing your cooler. 

 

ALSO KEEP IN MIND that he is using different types of thermal paste. Notice how they spread different. Good things to keep in mind. 



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How I put it on; empty tube onto CPU, put paper towel around area, spread, place cooler on! Full coverage. No worries!

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Damn air-bubbles. Guess I'll have to adapt to dotting and lining.

 

@Nackers which method would you prefer, just the good ol dot or the line?



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What I do is do a x. Corner to corner, then spread it out. I use a silicon paste though

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The "X" method seemed to give the best coverage based on that video. Interesting to see.

 

Paste I used on my current build - http://www.innovationcooling.com/



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How I put it on; empty tube onto CPU, put paper towel around area, spread, place cooler on! Full coverage. No worries!

 

I'm sorry, empty a whole tube? That is WAY to much. I've had the same tube of thermal paste for YEARS and countless builds...

 

Damn air-bubbles. Guess I'll have to adapt to dotting and lining.

 

@Nackers which method would you prefer, just the good ol dot or the line?

 

I prefer the dot. When you do a dot, it's one push of liquid out of the tube and the least chance of air bubbles. Then when you secure the cooler it spreads itself out. Less time, less mess, and awesome erection. 

 

What I do is do a x. Corner to corner, then spread it out. I use a silicon paste though

Yeah that seems like way to much. 

 

The "X" method seemed to give the best coverage based on that video. Interesting to see.

 

Paste I used on my current build - http://www.innovationcooling.com/

 

Yeah the x does seem like it covered best, can't say I'd use that method though. That's just an opinion though, no based on any facts. 


Edited by Nackers, August 29, 2014.


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I'm joking about emptying the tube. But I don't make a big line of paste, I make sure its thin

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I'm joking about emptying the tube. But I don't make a big line of paste, I make sure its thin

LOL ok you scared me. I couldn't tell if you were joking or not. 



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Did mine like a line of coke, one at a time evenly spread and then started another line to finish it. Did it for the hell of it cuz i am not OCing

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LOL ok you scared me. I couldn't tell if you were joking or not.


Haha yeah I don't go overboard. I'm getting a new cooler soon, so gonna have to redo my paste. Might get some silver 5

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so it TP supposed to cover the entire surface of the cpu? or just a large enough area?



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so it TP supposed to cover the entire surface of the cpu? or just a large enough area?


Most of it. The corners don't have to be covered really, but I try to get it all

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so it TP supposed to cover the entire surface of the cpu? or just a large enough area?

 

No it doesn't need to cover everything. 



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No it doesn't need to cover everything. 

 

I don't use any of these methods. Not going into more detail on purpose </troll>



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No it doesn't need to cover everything. 

 

thats what they say about crotchless panties



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There are a lot of videos on this subject. After watching several I decided on the dot method with artic silver for my install.

One thing for sure is you don't want to apply to much and get it over fill into the CPU socket.






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