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ANDY
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2004-03-18T20:03:26Z
Hey,

I was wondering, when applying thermal paste to a p4, do you just put a small blot in the middle and then stick the heatsink over (like the instruction guide on AS-5 says), or do you spread it around before applying the heatsink..?

Also, do you put thermal paste on the HSF as well as the proc or just the proc?

-ANDY
Telexen
2004-03-18T20:05:56Z
http://arcticsilver.com/..._silver_instructions.htm 

For P4s with heatspreaders instructions are down a bit.
frak
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2004-03-19T05:07:56Z
I just put some in the center and let the heatsink spread it under pressure.
RudyR1999
2004-03-19T09:35:57Z
I rub some AS into the heatsink and whipe it off. Then I put a dab in the middle of the CPU and press the heatsink on.
ANDY
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2004-03-19T10:17:57Z
o ok.. i see.

but why do people say to spread the paste on your CPU? even with a p4?
Telexen
2004-03-19T10:20:56Z
I've never heard people say that for a p4...I'm assuming the heatsink comes down on the heatspreader with a better fit than you would a HS against an AthlonXP because you can't crack the core so easily
ANDY
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2004-03-19T10:25:01Z
and one more thing - when you push the heatsink onto the core, do you just gently press it on or do you push as hard as you can?
emotaku
2004-03-19T18:57:39Z
When you push the heatsink onto the core, you will simply push it as hard need be 'till you can latch it.

My Vantec Aeroflow HS required a pretty good amount of man-handling before it would latch. Unsure of how hard the stock HS/Fans are to attach...