What is the best way to apply thermal paste? I find it confusing
Hey yall, Mongo here, I got a question.
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on the internet about people applying thermal paste differently on their CPUs. Some say to make a plus sign, some say to make an x sign, and I don’t really get it. I also read you got to be super careful that no dust go onto the cpu when applying new thermal paste, but I don’t think that’s possible in the environment I live in. (I can’t even apply a screen guard without a little piece of lint getting underneath).
So how do you guys do this? Has everyone just been super relaxed about adding thermal paste and are actually hindering their performance results because they’re technically not applying it correctly? I wonder this. I still got original thermal paste on my CPU from 2012 and it seems to be running pretty well, but sometimes I got to kick the fans in high gear because it gets so %#*@ hot. I wonder if new thermal paste will have it running cooler and faster. Also, what is the best thermal paste to buy? Thank you for your help.