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Please help My thermal paste spilled over the top of CPU what should I do??

First time post on here but read peoples questions and answers all the time, love the site. This was my first time putting a hyper cool on a processor. I was an aware I was going to have to apply thermal paste and not much knowledge about it. The hyper cool came with a little tube of paste so I assumed put it all on. The hyper cool was very difficult to put on and I am trying to avoid remounting it. The paste squeezed over the sides in 2 spots but not very much. Should I just use some qtips and denatured alcohol and clean up the excess around the edges of the processor and that will be ok then? If so will anymore leak over when I plan to over clock? I didn't go any further after this step and left the computer on its side hoping some of the to much paste actually on the processor would set a bit, it looked pretty wet. Like I said I would love to avoid having to remount the hyper cool 2 because it was a serious pain. Please help me out. Thanks.
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    Remove the excess paste with alcohol. Too much paste is not recommended,however if your temps are ok, you may not need to reinstall the heatsink assembly. Seconndly, paste spilled over dont cause any problem as it is non conductive(electricity).
  2. Remove the excess paste with alcohol. Too much paste is not recommended,however if your temps are ok, you may not need to reinstall the heatsink assembly. Seconndly, paste spilled over dont cause any problem as it is non conductive(electricity).


    I thought the paste was conductive because it has little pieces of gold silver And copper in it. But none got on the motherboard just on the house for amd CPU. Thanks for responses so far.
  3. ThOmAs McCoOy said:
    Remove the excess paste with alcohol. Too much paste is not recommended,however if your temps are ok, you may not need to reinstall the heatsink assembly. Seconndly, paste spilled over dont cause any problem as it is non conductive(electricity).


    I thought the paste was conductive because it has little pieces of gold silver And copper in it. But none got on the motherboard just on the house for amd CPU. Thanks for responses so far.


    The are many thermal pastes that are conductive most of them is but i suggest using Arctic Cooling MX-4 its the best one in my option good for temps even when almost all pastes perform the same with just a few temp differences but the Arctic Cooling MX-4 is none conductive.
  4. vampyiere6 said:
    ThOmAs McCoOy said:
    Remove the excess paste with alcohol. Too much paste is not recommended,however if your temps are ok, you may not need to reinstall the heatsink assembly. Seconndly, paste spilled over dont cause any problem as it is non conductive(electricity).


    I thought the paste was conductive because it has little pieces of gold silver And copper in it. But none got on the motherboard just on the house for amd CPU. Thanks for responses so far.


    The are many thermal pastes that are conductive most of them is but i suggest using Arctic Cooling MX-4 its the best one in my option good for temps even when almost all pastes perform the same with just a few temp differences but the Arctic Cooling MX-4 is none conductive.



    my bad, yes some of them(silver, zinc and copper based ones) are conductive.
  5. I wouldnt ever recommend using a conductive thermal paste.
  6. update, I removed the access thermal paste with denatured alcohol. I got everything back together and it seems to be working great. I have not started overclocking yet because I am waiting on my SSD but my CPU is running at 20-25 C right now.
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