- 38 months ago
Hello, I am building a retro computer centering around the use of an AGP port. The CPU I'm using is the AMD Sempron 3300+. At least that's what I think the name is. I bought it here: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B002TT0KUU/
Anyways, I was concerned about applying thermal paste. Applying thermal paste on modern Intel and AMD CPUs is no problem, as they have IHSs. But This one has no IHS; it just has a bare die. I was wondering if I have to worry about the amount of thermal paste I use, that is, should I only put enough to make sure I cover the die only? Or do I not have to worry about it, and I can put more thermal paste to make sure I cover the whole die, even if some paste spills over to the rest of the top of the CPU (but of course not too much over; definitely not into the socket or motherboard).
I have Arctic Silver 5 as well as Arctic MX-4. From what I understand, some pastes are electrically conductive. I have no clue however which ones are and aren't.
I think the answer to this is similar to the answer regarding applying thermal paste to modern delidded CPUs. Please correct me if I am wrong in this regard. Thank you so much.