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27 Sep 2012  
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

That's the way I do mine, just make sure it's a thin layer, too much can be as bad as too little, the trick is to get the right amount applied.

You should apply the paste, attach the cooler, then remove i the cooler and check if the paste is squeezed out on the sides this means you have too much.

This is a good review: Best Thermal Paste Application Methods

Sorry, should have post the info in the last post.

Check your BIOS for the (IMC) CPU/NB voltage and post it here.

You can test the CPU core temps with your most demanding game or run a stability test.

If you want to stress the system you can run OCCT.
OCCT stability checking tool
Run the CPU:OCCT test for at least 30 minutes, be sure to monitor your CPU and GPU temps, don't let the CPU go over 66C.
Set the time before you start.
When its done, pass or fail, it will make some graphs. Post these here as they are useful for analyses.
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