Alright so tomorrow I will be building my new core i7 machine. I am using AC MX-2 thermal compound and a Zalman 120mm heatsink. What I was wondering is 2 things. Firstly do you guys prefer the blob or line methods of application and does the i7 tend to perform better with one? Second I have been trying to find a good picture or video to show where the cores of the i7 are located so I can apply the thermal paste in the optimal location. Thanks for the help!