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Did I put too little thermal paste, or am I fine?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I finally got to repasting and cleaning my three year-old baseline "gaming" (for its time) laptop, a Dell Inspiron 7447 with an i5-4210H and GTX 850M. I used compressed air to clean out the fan and radiator fins while Arctic MX-4 was the thermal paste that I employed via the dot method. Many of the guides online said to use the size of a pea but I think I used like a half pea since the dies were surprising small (is that normal on laptops?), hence I think I applied too litlle. After doing the deed and running Prime95 small FFTs for one hour, the average CPU package temperature was 72°C while one hour on Furmark was 57°C on the GPU. Are these temps fine?

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as long as the center part is covered, i thin its fine since its intel. 




CPU             Ryzen 5 3600 (Formerly Ryzen 3 1200)

GPU             : ASUS RX 580 Dual OC (Formerly ASUS GTX 1060 but it got corroded for some odd reasons)

GPU COOOER      : ID Cooling Frostflow 120 VGA (Stock cooler overheats even when undervolted :()

MOBO            : MSI B350m Bazooka

MEMORY          Team Group Elite TUF DDR4 3200 Mhz CL 16
STORAGE         : Seagate Baracudda 1TB and Kingston SSD
PSU             : Thermaltake Lite power 550W (Gonna change soon as i dont trust this)
CASE            : Rakk Anyag Frost
CPU COOLER      : ID-Cooling SE 207
CASE FANS       : Mix of ID cooling fans, Corsair fans and Rakk Ounos (planned change to ID Cooling)
DISPLAY         : SpectrePro XTNS24 144hz Curved VA panel
MOUSE           : Logitech G502 Hero
KEYBOARD        : Rakk Lam Ang

HEADSET         : Plantronics RIG 500HD


and a whole lot of LED everywhere(behind the monitor, behind the desk, behind the shelf of the PC mount and inside the case)

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Those are really good temps, especially for a laptop. Looks like you used just the right amount. 

Always remember the 80/80 rule of project management. That is, the first 80% of the project takes 80% of the time, and the last 20% of the project takes the other 80% of the time.

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