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ASUS Z87i + intel i5 4670k + CM hyper 212+ evo, thermal paste disaster

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April 3, 2014 1:21:11 PM

hi, I was building my first pc and I used too much thermal paste on my CPU. When I put my heatsink down on it it leaked out of the edge, upon me trying to remove the cpu the tiniest amount of the thermal paste dropped off the edge of the cpu and onto the edge of the socket on the motherboard and it looks like the thermal paste is touching some of the cpu pins on the motherboard, is it possible for me to fix this by dabbing some thermal paste remover on to the pins on a q-tip or is my motherboard and cpu completely destroyed? I'm a novice at this and feel like I have just learned an important lesson the very hard way :( 

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April 3, 2014 2:01:08 PM

Always apply just a single dot of thermal paste!

Don't use any kind of "thermal paste "remover"", the most reliable remover is isopropyl alcohol, because it is more pure, do not contain water and dries fast. Use a cotton swab, wet it a little bit and sweap the paste with smooth movements.
Check if your thermal paste is non conductive. Some brands use silver as a component and it may harm your CPU.
What is the brand and model of the thermal paste you applied?
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April 3, 2014 2:15:31 PM

Anonymous said:
Always apply just a single dot of thermal paste!

Don't use any kind of "thermal paste "remover"", the most reliable remover is isopropyl alcohol, because it is more pure, do not contain water and dries fast. Use a cotton swab, wet it a little bit and sweap the paste with smooth movements.
Check if your thermal paste is non conductive. Some brands use silver as a component and it may harm your CPU.
What is the brand and model of the thermal paste you applied?


the paste was the paste that came with the hyper 212+ evo heatsink. I was going to use this remover:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003VRBPAI/ref=oh_de...

the small sliver of paste that landed in the cpu socket on the motherboard is touching 3 of the pins, I did dab up as much as I could, I turned on my computer and it did appear to be ok it recognised that it was an i5 4670k but Im still concerned there is thermal paste on the inside of the socket, if I use some remover wont that just make it more runny and run down into the little holes where the little socket pins come out of, I think Im gona end up having to buy a new CPU and motherboard :( 
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Anonymous
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April 3, 2014 2:31:08 PM

Grab your thermal paste package and the remover package. Read the description of the product. Does it contain silver? So it is conductive. What is the composition of the remover? Isopropyl alcohol? Great!

I need the names of the products to help you.


If it recognized the CPU, let it be. Do not take off the CPU again.
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April 3, 2014 8:49:19 PM

Dan0110 said:
Anonymous said:
Always apply just a single dot of thermal paste!

Don't use any kind of "thermal paste "remover"", the most reliable remover is isopropyl alcohol, because it is more pure, do not contain water and dries fast. Use a cotton swab, wet it a little bit and sweap the paste with smooth movements.
Check if your thermal paste is non conductive. Some brands use silver as a component and it may harm your CPU.
What is the brand and model of the thermal paste you applied?


the paste was the paste that came with the hyper 212+ evo heatsink. I was going to use this remover:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003VRBPAI/ref=oh_de...

the small sliver of paste that landed in the cpu socket on the motherboard is touching 3 of the pins, I did dab up as much as I could, I turned on my computer and it did appear to be ok it recognised that it was an i5 4670k but Im still concerned there is thermal paste on the inside of the socket, if I use some remover wont that just make it more runny and run down into the little holes where the little socket pins come out of, I think Im gona end up having to buy a new CPU and motherboard :( 


Depends on the remover; I personally think that it should work.
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