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212 + & thermal paste ?

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Hi guys, so I've recently built my first pc and have a question about the cpu cooler that I got and the thermal paste. I bought the hypermaster 212 + cpu cooler and was able to successfully mount and tighten it down to the motherboard but I i can still wiggle the cooler back and forth. I wanted to know if that was normal? I know there is a screw in the middle of the bracket that you place that in that center hole on the cooler but as much as i tighten it it wont tighten all the way.
The last question I had was regarding the thermal paste I used. I got arctic 5 thermal paste after reading some recommendations. I had to remove it the first time and reapply it but when I was removing it the first time using a coffee filter and Isopropyl alcohol I got some thermal paste on the side of the cpu underneath the metal cap I tried my best to get rid of it all but i still apprehensive about it. The thing that worries me the most is that arctic 5 is somewhat conductive. I am also pretty sure that I did not get any on the MB, but did have some problems booting the machine the first time but I'm pretty sure it had nothing to with it.
Any advice or reassurance i totally didn't mess up my system will be greatly appreciated.
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Wiggling back and forth a little is normal.
As long as temps are okay then you don't need to worry about the middle screw.
Arctic Silver 5 is okay, but it's a little old and the stock paste that comes with the cooler is slightly better and not conductive.
    
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