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Old August 14, 2009, 08:40 AM
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If it's a deep scratch then lapping would be a bad idea. You'd have to take off way too much so then the heatsink wouldn't have good contact pressure on the CPU (unless you modify the mounting stuff).

And yeah, pea-sized dab of thermal paste in the center of the CPU should do fine. The pressure from the heatsink will spread it out for you.
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