What do I mix a powdered heatsink compound with?

Fanguy

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I bought a new heatsink and fan on Ebay and when it arrived , there was a tiny packet of heatsink compound powder ('Stars' brand ) that came with it, but it doesn't say what to mix with it. Any ideas??
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willard

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I've never heard of mixing your own thermal compound before. Sounds like paste of the lowest possible quality to me. Ditch it and buy a tube of the good stuff. Arctic Silver is a few dollars for a tube, and has great performance. You could pay a bit more and get nonconductive paste as well, which will save your board if you accidentally get some on it.
 


+1 The powdered stuff can't be very high quality, unless it's diamond dust, which I VERY highly doubt.
 

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