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Old 10th September, 2004, 04:24 AM
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Applying thermal paste

i have an athlon xp 2400+ and i bought a new heatsink for it and i can't seem to get the temps down much. the person i bought the HS off of OC'd his system and was running an athlon xp 2000+ running at 2.1 Ghz and the temps stayed at around 40 degrees on idle. i run at 53 on idle and i don't OC. i use arctic silver 5 for my paste and i just can't seem to get it right. my temps won't go down at all. i have 7 cooling fans in my case too. any recommendations on how to apply the paste so i can get my temps down lower because i think it's the way i'm doing my paste.
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Old 10th September, 2004, 04:35 AM
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You don't have the thermal pad on the bottom of the HSF (heat sync with fan) anymore right?

When you put on the paste you are suppose to apply a thin even layer. DO NOT cake the stuff on, and be careful to ONLY apply it to the core.

You can also go here for instructions on application.

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Old 12th September, 2004, 12:07 AM
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Give the two areas a good clean with some Isopropyl (alcohol safe for use on PCBs and Chips) You may want to try to lap the sink, this involves using a very flat surface (usually glass, but if you can get use of a cast iron mechanical marking out table this is as good as it gets) to get the sink to a mirror finish. this is done by starting with a coarse glasspaper and gradually getting to a very fine grit paper. This process will allow a near perfect contact to the CPU die. Apply the compond thinly and evenly, if you put too much on it will be insulating not conducting! you can get lapping kits from

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http://www.highspeedpc.com/Merchant2...e=Overclocking
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http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/..._69.html#a3719

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Old 12th September, 2004, 07:05 AM
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You can have too many fans. They also may not be helping the movement of air. They could be recycling mostly hot air.
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this is totally random, but i love applying thermal paste.
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this is totally random, but i love applying thermal paste.
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well...yea
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