How dangerous is it to run PC without CPU thermal paste

ok so i had to take my Phenom II x4 out of its socket, which of course made the Thermal Paste dry, but how dangerous is it to turn my PC on with only that dried thermal paste (and of course the CPU fan)? should i not turn it on at all? or can i just turn it on for a few minutes so i can configure my Bios (this is a new build)
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  1. I'd play it safe and wait until you get some more thermal paste. You don't want to risk frying the CPU.
  2. CrysisComa said:
    ok so i had to take my Phenom II x4 out of its socket, which of course made the Thermal Paste dry, but how dangerous is it to turn my PC on with only that dried thermal paste (and of course the CPU fan)? should i not turn it on at all? or can i just turn it on for a few minutes so i can configure my Bios (this is a new build)


    very dangerous, you might as well say bye bye to the CPU before it turns into a



    I use this :

    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020&cm_re=MX-2-_-35-186-020-_-Product

    10.00$ shipped ;)
  3. Yup. Take OvrClkr and buwish's advice, and get some thermal paste. Clean off the old stuff with some 70%+ purity isopropyl alcohol or ArtiClean, then apply some new thermal paste.
  4. There is a You Tube example from here. Devastating results.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxNUK3U73SI
  5. The processor probably would survive but why take the chance?
  6. hehe, i couldn't resist...
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