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Upgrading to Threadripper motherboard;Backup & Thermal Paste Questions

Hey guys,

I currently have a pre-ordered the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X CPU:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113447&cm_re=threadripper-_-19-113-447-_-Product

And the Gigabyte Aorus X399 Gaming 7 motherboard:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145030&cm_re=aorus_x399-_-13-145-030-_-Product

My current PC setup is here, with the boot drive being the m.2 Samsung 950 PRO drive
https://pcpartpicker.com/b/BqHhP6

With Threadripper and the motherboard itself being new products, I am well aware of the possible bugs, issues, hiccups, and pitfalls that may come with it. The upside to this is, I am in a position where I can keep my current board and my Intel I7 6800k as backup in case something does happen to not work on the Threadripper setup.

I know that with Threadripper and the new board, I will need to re-install Windows 10 and install all the drivers for the new setup. My question is, can I make a complete backup of my current OS drive in case the Threadripper setup gives me some sort of issue? That way I can just swap the boards and CPUs back and be right back where I currently? All my other hardware is on the support list/compatible with the Threadripper setup. But again, with it being a new board/cpu, there is a chance there could be bugs that need worked out, and I may not wanna wait until they are all resolved. I already have multiple backups of all my other important data, but I was wondering if it was possible to make a back up of my current OS drive just in case the Threadripper setup flops.

Also, I just bought the Corsair H115i AIO liquid cooler a couple weeks ago, and it is on AMD's website as part of the threadripper supported coolers. I am aware that with Threadripper being a larger CPU/socket, overclocking with my current cooler may not be wise, and a TR4 socket specific cooler down the road maybe needed for overclocking (I don't plan on overclocking anytime soon anyways).

However, my concern is the thermal paste application. I have installed dozes of aftermarket fan coolers on dozens of CPUs, but this is my first liquid cooler. The thermal paste was pre applied to this cooler when I bought it. I have artic 5 silver paste, and I know that I have to clean off any current excess paste from the cooler before applying the Artic 5 to the new Threadripper cpu, but is there a different approach for threadripper with it being a larger chip? Or does it not matter because the cooler size is still the same?

I know there is a on-going debate of how to apply paste, but I do the 'smaller then a pea size in the middle' method and let the heat spread it to the chip. I know not EVERYONE does it that way, and I am not looking for a debate on the topic, as this method has always worked for me on all my builds. I am just not sure if I should be looking to apply a bigger amount with Threadripper being a bigger chip. I am assuming that the only time I will need to apply more paste is if I get a cooler that was specifically designed for the TR4 socket down the road?

Any feedback would be great! Thanks everyone!
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    I would certainly take a backup image of my drive or clone it to another spinner drive you have laying around seems like you have a few, then verify PC boots from that drive. :) Would make a very easy back out plan.

    For the thermal paste application we haven't seen testing of TR but my suspicion is since the CPU is soldered it has a very good heat transfer to the heat spreader that it shouldn't matter that much.

    The pea method is perfectly fine. Artic silver 5 is OK within 2c of the best non-metal TIM's. If you need more TIM look into the thermal grizzly kryonaut as it shows to be the best with AIO coolers: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-comparison,5108-8.html You can see from the review It dont matter enough but if you do run of out of AS5, as much as you spent on parts $12 for TIM should be a very small part of your budget.
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  2. Thanks JamesSneed for the reply!

    I am not sure how to make a backup image or clone my current OS drive. Is there a method for doing it? I have a few extra drives laying around. Both internal and external. I am not sure if an external drive is an option if I wanted to test the boot up of it? I've never done this before, so please bare with me ha.

    As far as the thermal paste on Threadripper goes, I was pointed to this video which covers a lot of the topic!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWu2tcm4wL8
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  3. liberty610 said:
    Thanks JamesSneed for the reply!

    I am not sure how to make a backup image or clone my current OS drive. Is there a method for doing it? I have a few extra drives laying around. Both internal and external. I am not sure if an external drive is an option if I wanted to test the boot up of it? I've never done this before, so please bare with me ha.

    As far as the thermal paste on Threadripper goes, I was pointed to this video which covers a lot of the topic!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWu2tcm4wL8


    What I expected, It pretty much don't matter. The only take away I see is if you do a blob do a bit bigger pea size since it needs to cover a bit more area.
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  4. JamesSneed said:
    liberty610 said:
    Thanks JamesSneed for the reply!

    I am not sure how to make a backup image or clone my current OS drive. Is there a method for doing it? I have a few extra drives laying around. Both internal and external. I am not sure if an external drive is an option if I wanted to test the boot up of it? I've never done this before, so please bare with me ha.

    As far as the thermal paste on Threadripper goes, I was pointed to this video which covers a lot of the topic!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWu2tcm4wL8


    What I expected, It pretty much don't matter. The only take away I see is if you do a blob do a bit bigger pea size since it needs to cover a bit more area.


    That's what I was planning to do. Thanks!

    Any further feedback on the hard drive back up?
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  5. I've been on Acronis True Image so many years, I don't even remember what windoze backup utility looks like, but there is one in there and it used to work fine. I just found it to be rather spartan in its feature set.
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  6. Thanks for the Reply Solarion, I ended up going with the same. The Acronis True Image. I took care of this a few days ago ha.
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  7. liberty610 said:
    Thanks for the Reply Solarion, I ended up going with the same. The Acronis True Image. I took care of this a few days ago ha.


    Been a bit busy but glad you figured that part out. Hope things go well.
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