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Rotated HSF, should I reapply thermal compound?

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January 13, 2013 1:27:54 AM

So I was installing my new i5-3570k and I wanted to rotate the HSF after putting it on the processor. So, I lifted it up and rotated it so the cable would be closer to the port. It was up for literally 5 seconds, is it necessary to remove the thermal paste and replace it? I really don't want to spend the extra money unless I have to as I've gone over budget already :/ 
January 13, 2013 1:56:07 AM

If the machine was only running for 5 seconds as you mention then no, no need to replace the thermal compound.

I would suggest to reapply thermal paste if you plan to overclock your CPU just to be safe.
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January 13, 2013 2:00:43 AM

Ok, does it make a difference that the machine wasn't even on? :p 
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January 13, 2013 2:33:30 AM

If it wasn't on, then it hasn't spread or cured from the heat, so you should be fine.

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