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How long does pre applied thermal paste on a stock cooler last before installing it on the cpu?

I just got an amd athlon x4 860k today and I plan on getting the rest of my parts over the next few months. I don't have a lot of money so I decided to get parts over an extended period of time. I just realized that the thermal paste on the cooler could go off before I get the rest of the parts.

Is there a chance of this happening or am I worried about nothing?
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  1. What is your cooler? Some coolers come with thermal paste in a tube, and some come with it pre applied. But pre-applied paste should last long enough for you to put it together.
  2. It will be fine.
  3. Dylan_35 said:
    What is your cooler? Some coolers come with thermal paste in a tube, and some come with it pre applied. But pre-applied paste should last long enough for you to put it together.


    The cooler is a 1A02C3W00. It already has pre-applied paste on it.
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    Fridge96 said:
    Dylan_35 said:
    What is your cooler? Some coolers come with thermal paste in a tube, and some come with it pre applied. But pre-applied paste should last long enough for you to put it together.


    The cooler is a 1A02C3W00. It already has pre-applied paste on it.


    Consider this:
    When was it actually manufactured, and how long has it been sitting in the warehouse?
    Not last week.

    It will be fine.
  5. Great. Thanks very much for the help.
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