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Thermal paste

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by MichaelDP, Nov 20, 2014.

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  1. MichaelDP


    Nov 18, 2014
    I had a gpu fan problem so took it apart and used some sewing machine oil and the fan seems ok now. I am going to apply the thermal compound Artic silver and thought it would be pretty straight forward dot in middle, spread it evenly but after watching a lot of different methods I'm not sure. It seems like spreading would be more realiable but just not sure.. So wanted to ask here if anyone knew of a (best) way you tube vid link. Never applied thermal paste before ( oh no by GPU).. lol.. umm hope not
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

    Jan 21, 2010
    You want a very thin smear. The purpose of thermal grease is to fill up the air gap between 2 metal surfaces whilst still allowing metal to metal contact.

    smear it on, then rub both surfaces together to spread it even more thinly.

    The actual paste you use is not so important. Toothpaste works almost as well. Chocolate does not! See here.
    Frenoy Osburn and KrisBlueNZ like this.
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