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Originally Posted by Fletcherea View Post
Seems a bit counter intuitive, cleaning it, then grubby paw'n it.
My fingers get cleaned with the isopropyl at the same time... since I'm holding a paper soaked in isopropyl.
    
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You would have to apply a lot of force to actually cause damage

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I've just smeared the TIM on CPU's and base of heatsinks with my bare fingers for about 15 years now. Not a single problem. I always clean the CPU Core/Heatspreader and base of heatsink with isopropyl before I apply TIM with my bare fingers...
Lol?
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sometimes i just have to laugh at what gets said here at ocn
    
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I've just smeared the TIM on CPU's and base of heatsinks with my bare fingers for about 15 years now. Not a single problem. I always clean the CPU Core/Heatspreader and base of heatsink with isopropyl before I apply TIM with my bare fingers...
I doubt your older than 15.
post #26 of 30
It's perfectly safe to touch the CPU with your finger (as long as it isn't powered on or the HS isn't installed, of course). In fact I bet I have sweat all over my old 2600k that isn't being used. (Ok not really, but whatever).

Seriously, just wipe the IHS surface with some 91% alcohol before putting on the thermal compound.

CPU's won't die if you touch them with your fingers, as long as you exercise proper antistatic precaution. Touching one with your fingers is no different than touching a video card or system RAM with your fingers.
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post #27 of 30
perfectly fine to touch the top casing of the cpu , underside you can touch but there are risks as the the pads are delicate but nothing should break easily or come loose .

I have lapped the top side of my i7 , it musn't be that delicate if you can rub it on sand paper for an hour .

just give it a good wipe before u you put it in ur mobo ready for the heatsink , who would touch a cpu with dirty hands anyway thats just asking for trouble .

i use my bare hands to put in my cpu in , fine to do so .. hands are clean of coarse .
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post #28 of 30
If you kiss the IHS you actually get better results.
post #29 of 30
please please dont touch it..
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I doubt your older than 15.
Lol... Seriously, I've been doing it this way on all my systems. And I've had alot of them.
    
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