So I finally got my arse in gear the other day to sort out the thermal paste and reseat the CPU cooler. When I took it off this was what I was greeted with:
One of the pipes not really covered that well and generally there wasn't great coverage on the CPU either.
So after taking the CPU out and cleaning it, I thought, well I've got 240 grit Wet/Dry in the cupboard, why not lap it? So it all went downhill from there really....
My first session with the 240 grit stuff
This is where I notice just how NOT flat processors are. Silly Intel. After lots of rubbing I realised I didn't have a higher grit value sandpaper. So off to Halfords it was.
With all that sorted it was time to get cracking. Luckily I was watching the Grand Prix and mindlessly rubbing in circles, so it seemed like no time at all. The end product after about two hours of total sanding and rubbing, cleaning and sanding again, is this:
Notice there are still silver parts, still not flat! This picture didn't really do the finish justice, so I took it out for another one without the flash....
Temps dropped 13 degrees afterwards, and I used much better thermal paste this time. The stuff actually glitters silver.
What do people think?