Thanks for the reply! Just one more question I’m cleaning off the old thermal paste but there’s some in the cracks is ok to apply the new paste or does it need to be removed from the cracks ? Here’s a picture View: https://imgur.com/a/qt3oxbMApply to heat sink.
Use an amount that would be slightly smaller than a full-sized pea. Spread it out, but it can be in a line down the center and need not be "corner to corner. Pushing on the chip should force the paste to "fill in the blanks."
I just used a coffee filter & it came off pretty easy paste was probably only 4-5 months old. Bought the board & old cpu together & the guy applied new paste. Thanks a lot for your detailed responses helping me a ton. 2nd time building a pc first time actually doing the thermal paste lol.I certainly wouldn't go crazy trying to get that out.
That being said, get yourself a toothpick and scrape out what you can if you feel you must. A single pass, maybe two, in each crevice is the most you should do.
The new paste will "wed" with the old in the cracks. You never get rid of every single molecule of the old stuff.
Also, what did you use to clean it?
P.S. The layer of thermal paste, once compressed, is and should be very, very thin. If you get lots oozing out you've used too much (and clean that up with a swab).
Thanks for the response sadly ended up breaking my push pins lolApply to cpu not heatsink. The reason is your aim. Nobody is perfect, has perfect aim, you can easily be a few mm off when putting the heatsink down on the cpu. It's OK if the heatsink gets lopsided paste, but not ok for the cpu.
Just a small pea or large grain of rice sized blob is all you need, right smack in the center of the cpu. Pressure applied when you tighten the screws (do so incrementally, few turns each screw, back and forth until snug, evenly) will spread the paste where it needs to go.
The methods where paste is reaching over the sides are not usually recommended because of the potential for the paste to get into the socket. The smallish blob dead center is the preferred method.
i mean have you seen kingpins sonic washer?You never get rid of every single molecule of the old stuff.
Thanks for the detailed response i appreciate it a toni mean have you seen kingpins sonic washer?
and der8aur's MB in the dishwasher?
the amount needed can vary.
You can watch many tech YT peoples channels and see the typical pea sized "can" be bad ta times (uneven pressure can force more to 1 side than other and you have a corner not covered).
tbh there is never really "too much" (within reason ofc) as excess will be squished out.
Full coverage is your goal (and why some ppl actually spread it over entire IHS for assurance). Just do it slow and little mixing as possible (to not trap large air bubbles...tiny ones have nearly no issue on performance as ppl have tested it)
also depending on the CPU model the makers have their own "rules"
like how with TR its an x with 4 dots between each line, skylake's midle line and corner dots, etc
also this vid (exact time being 7:56) shows that pretty much any method is identicle and only bad thign is too little.
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