Quote: Originally Posted by dutchdarky
okay, thanks for your answer
how about the thermal paste that comes with the coolermaster hyper 212? seems kind of unnessecary(?) to buy extra thermal paste while it comes with the cooler
will the cooler spread the paste nicely or will i have to do that myself? i read the instructions on arctic site but that part isnt entirely clear to me. it states in one part that you need to spread it, but i also heard from friends that they did it with just the dot and let the cooler spread it
If the cooler comes with paste, I would use it. Some people have nearly religious ideas about paste brands, but they all work quite well as far as I know---only minor differences.
However--you probably ought to buy paste anyway. It lasts forever on the shelf and if you ever have to remount your heatsink because you changed motherboards, processor, or heatsink, you will need it.
As far as spreading the paste goes, I would follow the instructions at Arctic Silver. On Intel processors, the pressure from the heatsink spreads it. Many people spread it anyway and often use too much.
The goal is to get the paste over the major heat source inside the processor. On recent Intel processors, that is a thin spaghetti-wide line down the center. I have no idea about AMD.