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Windows 7: How to apply artic silver 5 paste?

22 Mar 2010   #11
F1FAN

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
 
 

ok thanks people, hopefully my temps will drop.


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22 Mar 2010   #12
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F1FAN View Post
ok thanks people, hopefully my temps will drop.
Ummmm... how hot was it?
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22 Mar 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Without spreading,

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The pressure from the heatsink does the spreading.
I do spread it out and I'd use a lot more than your picture shows...

The reason I spread it is that you can't count on exactly even pressure from the heat sink, until it's settled and you might get hot spots on the chip.

But yea... it's all good.
I do the same because after all, peas come in different sizes and I would be afraid of the excess splattering all over.
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22 Mar 2010   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Do you mean pea size in the middle with or without spreading?
Always always without spreading. If you let the HSF do the spreading, you are guaranteed to get good contact between both surfaces. If you spread it thin, you have no way of knowing.

I think some people are overthinking this process. Put a small bead in the center of the processor, install the HSF, and go on with building the system.
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22 Mar 2010   #15
michaelst

windows 7 32
 
 

If you do decide to spread it out a little... Put your finger inside a plastic baggie. Thermal paste is a bitch to get off your hands.
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22 Mar 2010   #16
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I think some people are overthinking this process. Put a small bead in the center of the processor, install the HSF, and go on with building the system.
LOL... It's not like I spend an hour at it...

Apply blob to center, spread quickly with finger, just to make sure there's greas over the entire top surface... install heatsink...

Probably took you as long to read this as I spend on it.
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22 Mar 2010   #17
F1FAN

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
 
 

well i have removed the heat sinc a few times to clean and that had ruined the paste that came with the computer so it gets to 40c now when on internet and things and 37 when idle when it used to be on 34c and about 36 when doing things. anything above 39 the fans start to get loud.
Im selling the pc soon and dont want to sell a noisy pc.
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22 Mar 2010   #18
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michaelst View Post
If you do decide to spread it out a little... Put your finger inside a plastic baggie. Thermal paste is a bitch to get off your hands.
That and the oil from your skin can help with the paste breaking down.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F1FAN View Post
well i have removed the heat sinc a few times to clean and that had ruined the paste that came with the computer so it gets to 40c now when on internet and things and 37 when idle when it used to be on 34c and about 36 when doing things. anything above 39 the fans start to get loud.
Im selling the pc soon and dont want to sell a noisy pc.
Hope you didn't re-install the heatsink without re-applying fresh paste.
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22 Mar 2010   #19
F1FAN

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
 
 

yeah i did now i know lol, i didnt really get into computer building till about a few months ago.
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22 Mar 2010   #20
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Yeah,, you always want to clean the two surfaces with Rubbing Alcohol and something soft, not abrasive, to clean them really good, then let it dry or blow on it till it evaporates, to get any oils from fingers, or old paste, etc off. Then put the amount of Arctic Silver 5 you need (small amount will due) and don't touch it. When you place the heat sink on, you give a slight twist in both directions without pressing too hard, let the weight of the sink due the work. Then secure it down.
The heat from the processor and the pressure from the heatsink will spread it out evenly.

Yes, people are over doing it and over thinking it. Plus keep in mind that the paste will cure over time and spread where it needs to to fill in all the gaps. I have been doing it for decades and never had a single problem. There is no need, nor do you want to touch it and/or spread it out, you do not want foreign matter of any kind, including oils from your fingers interfering with the paste's properties.

Also,, you do not want to put too little, nor too much. The pea size people mention is about the size of a green pea. or well roughly that size.

Also read the link provided above from Arctic Silver for correct amounts. You can't go wrong with their suggestions.
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