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June 17, 2013 4:41:36 PM

Hello, today was my first time building a computer. I didnt have thermal compound so I walked over to some random store where some guy sold me this thermal compound for a dollar. When I applied it, it was white. I've seen alot of silver ones but today was the first time Ive seen a white one. Is this normal? And when I was applying it I accidentally added too much and it went all the way down to the pins can I fix this?
June 17, 2013 4:45:51 PM

there are white ones but they are cheap and won't be too good with your temps and i would recomend cleaning that paste off very carefully bacause when thermal paste heats up it expands and can warp your board or pins
hope this hels Skarin

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June 17, 2013 4:46:22 PM
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white is okay i would say not as good as silver but theres a difference for using the other but will work fine, it wont make a huge difference.

To clean the pins attempt to carefully pick out the paste on the pins, and the socket without bending or ruining anything
June 17, 2013 6:22:39 PM

"white" is fine, but what is it? "silver" compounds, like artic silver 5, are conductive and horribly outdated. I'm shocked people still use them.
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