Hello, I finished lapping my heatsink and the CPU itself yesterday, I used up to 800 GRIT sandpaper on the heatsink and up to 1200 GRIT sandpaper on the CPU. Now I've read a LOT of different techniques to apply TIM and tried several of them myself, but I can't seem to find the right way of applying it to my lapped CPU. I have been told that I need to: - apply a very small amount on the center of the CPU - spread a thin layer out with a credit card over the whole heatsink/cpu - apply a line of TIM on the CPU/heatsink Now I'm asking the forum members who got their heatsink + cpu lapped how they have applied their TIM and how much of it (well, suggestions from everyone are welcome ). Thanks in advance, -iDont ps. I'm currently using my pc with a line of TIM applied to the CPU and it's running about 1 degree cooler than normal, but I guess that has to do with the fact that it was about 10:00am when I checked the temps + the TIM needs to settle edit: I'm running an AMD Athlon X2 4800+ OC'd to 3GHz @ 1,275V (plenty of headroom) combined with an ThermalTake Ruby orb. I know, it's not the best cooler, currently saving money for a better one.