View Full Version : Installing new heatsink/fan

11-22-06, 11:23 PM
I'm not a pro at applying the compound and installing heatsink/fans. What is the best and safest way? I had to replace my current chip because the pins broke, and I recently purchased a Zalman CNPS9500 LED.

Is it better to:

Put the chip in first, apply compound and then put the heatsink on top? Or
Apply the compound on the chip and stick it to the heatsink before you sit the chip into the mobo?

Also, do I have to smear the compound all over the chip? Or is it safe to just add a little drop and then let it just flatten with the heatsink?

What's the best way? Thanks.

Spartan 117
11-22-06, 11:28 PM
you put and secure CPU on the socket, then apply the compound on top of the CPU evenly, get a small brush, or similar and spread it evenly, then secure heatsink on top of that, and you can do it in a few minutes :)