Windows 10: Thermal Paste Questions

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  1.    13 Jul 2017 #1

    Thermal Paste Questions


    I'm about to replace the thermal paste on my CPU and I just have two questions before I do it.

    I'm going to use only coffee filters to rub off the old paste, simply because I don't have rubbing alcohol in the house at the moment and it's harder to find some here where I live. I can't just go to the drug store / pharmacy and buy a bottle.

    So, my first question is: If I apply too much force while scrubbing off the old paste on the CPU (while it's in the socket, I don't want to remove it) can I damage the pins underneath it and therefore screw up my system?

    2nd question: What can I use to spread the thermal paste, so it covers the entire CPU?
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  3.    13 Jul 2017 #3

    These do not answer my first question.

    EDIT: I guess it's not a problem because when you install the heatsink on you apply some force to it that doesn't damage the pins.
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  4.    13 Jul 2017 #4

    BicycleRow said: View Post
    These do not answer my first question.

    EDIT: I guess it's not a problem because when you install the heatsink on you apply some force to it that doesn't damage the pins.
    Use light pressure when cleaning and you should be fine. Apply a small dot of thermal paste. About the size of a grain of cooked rice in the center of the CPU. When you install the heat sink the paste will spread over the CPU.
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  5.    13 Jul 2017 #5

    Yeah, thanks. I'm thinking about using the X method, seems the best to me. Spreads more on the surface.
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  6.    13 Jul 2017 #6

    It should not damage any pins. You should not need that much pressure to clean it off. Like you said, installing the cooler is far more pressure.

    I would not cover whole cpu. It will squirt out. You want it thin. Just a little in the middle and let it spread out. Check your temps afterwards and if too high, redo with a tad more paste.
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       13 Jul 2017 #7

    pparks1 said: View Post
    I would not cover whole cpu. It will squirt out. You want it thin. Just a little in the middle and let it spread out.
    Indeed, I put it into middle and then move the cooler clockwise and counterclockwise a few times on top of it.
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       13 Jul 2017 #8

    pparks1 said: View Post
    It should not damage any pins. You should not need that much pressure to clean it off. Like you said, installing the cooler is far more pressure.

    I would not cover whole cpu. It will squirt out. You want it thin. Just a little in the middle and let it spread out. Check your temps afterwards and if too high, redo with a tad more paste.
    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    Indeed, I put it into middle and then move the cooler clockwise and counterclockwise a few times on top of it.
    as above
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       13 Jul 2017 #9

    Call me crazy, I used to use the x method, then used the dot method with rotation as mentioned above. Then I started try this way. I get good results, cores within 3c of each other. Then again, could just be a good chip
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  10.    13 Jul 2017 #10

    For the Core i7, I suggest drawing a 7 with thermal paste. For the core i5, a 5.
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