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Old December 23, 2010, 03:39 PM
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Is this good?

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Old December 23, 2010, 03:52 PM
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If you spread that manually, and that's not the result of a contact test, do it again.

Multi line method mentioned here works well: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=170&Itemid=38

Otherwise if you're really REALLY picky, spread the paste on the cooler and CPU with a flat edge, like a razor.
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Are you spreading thermal paste on the heatsink or did it look like that when you took it off?

If you just took it off and it looks like that I would say it's good, you can see the copper through the paste so it's not too thick.
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Old December 23, 2010, 06:03 PM
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Crud, that was manually. I already put the heatsink onto the CPU (but I also added a little bit more thermal paste). I'll turn on the computer and see what the temps are.
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looking a little much but i doubt it will not make a huge difference
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If you already made contact with the heatsink, you don't wanna pull it off and put it back on as air pockets will form. Or so I've read. I just let contact pressure spread it.
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Old December 24, 2010, 06:39 AM
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Wow man, first build and custom cooler, you're hardcore
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Lol! Not so much hardcore as I am a complete noob. I'm buying the after-market cooler to help lower the temperatures of the CPU, so that it'll live longer in my inept hands.
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Aftermarket coolers are a good idea even if you arn't ocing. Stock fans (only have experience with AMD) are very loud under load.


If you have enough paste, I would clean both the cpu and HS. Reapply, coat a thin layer of paste with a razor over the cpu. Then set the heatsink.
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