HOW TO: Apply thermal paste to a CPU

Description: This technical article shows how to apply enough thermal paste to the CPU.

  1. First install the CPU to the motherboard.

  2. Squeeze out just a dot of thermal paste in the center of CPU. It should be about the size of a small pea or BB.

    Note: Do not put more than this on the CPU. When you put the CPU cooler on it will spread out to all four corners of the CPU to allow proper heat dissipation.

  3. Install heat sink and fan onto the CPU.

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