How much thermal compound?

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How much thermal compound?

Postby ab630 » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:18 am

I am building a PC, (Sempron 2500+), and I was wondering how much thermal compound needs to go between the CPU and heatsink? Also do I just put it on the middle of the CPU where the silver square is, or do I spread it all over the underside of the heatsink?
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Postby ~PJ~ » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:52 am

Just on the silver square. Use a small blob [about 1/4 of a pea!] and then put the heatsink on straight so it spreads.
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Postby Twisty » Fri Nov 11, 2005 7:44 am

The best instructions I have read to date are on the artic Silver website

http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silv ... s_big2.htm

If you are spreading thermal compound I find a plastic foodbag over the finger works well for this.
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Postby scottla » Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:04 pm

webster, great link! :mb_thumbup::

so, basically, I've been doing about 5 things wrong all this time. :wink:
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Postby Tolemac » Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:16 pm

:roll: Noone reads my Cooling 101 I see.

Once the HS/F is cleaned, apply a small amount of AS5 on the bottom of the HS/F in the area where the CPU core will be touching it. With your finger in a clean plastic bag or latex glove, rub the AS5 into the HS/F. This will fill in all of the micro valleys that are present no matter how smooth the surface.


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Postby Twisty » Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:59 am

Tolemac wrote::roll: Noone reads my Cooling 101 I see.


I'd have pointed people in that direction but the website has pretty pictures :P
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