How Much Arctic Silver
My AMD 64 3700+ SanDiego has the full sized contact suface with its stock cooler. I recently changed motherboards and removed the residue from the "pad" that came with the Boxed CPU and replaced it with a "Silver" compound. The question is how much is the correct amount to use? I went with the "less is more" approach and spread a drop over about half the surface area of the cpu with a toothpick. My temps are about 25-32C idle and up to 42C directly after getting out of a game. I am worried that if the compound didn't spread to the whole surface that I am running too hot.
Your wisdom requested, please. I want to make sure I have the correct amount before any serious overclocking attempts.