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Smudged thermal paste on CPU cooler

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July 1, 2011 6:52:26 PM

Hello,

Hi,

I was handling my CPU cooler after taking it out of the box and accidently smudged it with my thumb. You can see a good bit of the copper underneath, but after researching a bit I found that it should spread evenly after being heated up. I'm wondering if it's still okay to install as is, even though there's nearly a fingerprint size smudge taking up about a quarter of the thermal paste. For the record, this is the processor I have, it has the square of thermal paste pre-applied: http://www.(competitor)/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

Thanks in advance.
a c 78 à CPUs
July 1, 2011 7:38:12 PM

clean and install new paste
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July 1, 2011 7:40:05 PM

I don't have any, and there's no stores in my city that sell it.
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July 1, 2011 8:13:14 PM

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July 1, 2011 9:28:56 PM

your link didn't work
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a c 98 à CPUs
July 3, 2011 7:24:05 PM

Use alcohol swabs to clean off the thermal paste residue. Then apply a thin, even coat of Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound. Wrap your finger in a small piece of plastic and spread the compound around. Remember, thin, as even as possible.

Arctic Silver 5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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