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hughie

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Just a quick question I am re installing an Athlon cpu, My question is do I put arctic silver only on the cpu or do I put it on the heatsink as well ?

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I have never put it on the heatsink , only the processor get it. That way you control where it is going so you only cover the top of the cpu and not the surrounding areas as recommended. As I have now my xp 2500 Barton chip with arctic silver oc'ed to a 2800 xp chip and running at 31 celcius..
 
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Thats the way i feel too, i like putting a really thin film on the cpu, like you say that way you can see where its going. The important thing is you don't need much its just too make sure you have good contact between hsf and cpu.
 
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Says it right there:
On the CPU, Arctic Silver thermal compound should only be applied to the top of the core. The core is the raised rectangle in the center of the CPU and is highlighted in red in the photos below of AMD and Intel CPUs.
 
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