[Question] How to Properly Apply Thermal Paste to CPU?

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Hello members,

I’m planning on getting the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 and using it on an intel i5 2500k I’ve never put on thermal paste before and I’m a little nervous about it.

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If it’s already had some on it clean it off with alcohol. Then apply a pea sized blob in the center and then put the heatsink on top and when you tighten the heatsink it will spread.

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Pea sized in the center. Pea is actually the perfect size.

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What about cross, like X?

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Then it shouldn’t be a thick cross. Apply it however you want, just dont overdo it.

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I manually spread it with a piece of plastic

Just to understand basics, thermalpaste actually fills any minor gap between the CPU heat spreader and the cooler… so it should be just enough that it covers the complete heat spreader but not extrude out to spill all around CPU…
Pea size is good, but size of the pea is subjective.
Just keep a cotton buds handy to clean off the extra extruding out after installing heatsink and before installing fans…