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Thermal paste around CPU, is it dangerous?

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So about three months ago, when I got my i5 2500k I was still very new to the whole computer building stuff, and when I put my thermal paste I put way more than what was needed and when I removed it to replace my heatsink I realised that there was still some around my CPU as you can see in the image below, the yellow is where the thermal paste still is. I can't remove it and don't really want to remove the cpu to try and remove it as I don't want to risk damaging the cpu. I tried removing it with rubbing alcohol when putting my new heatsink(I put less thermal paste now!)

i5thermalpaste.jpg
It's in between the holding bracket and the yellow.

Is this any dangerous? I am pretty sure it was the thermal paste that came with my Hyper 212 at the time.

Thanks in advance
Edited by Mortalis - 10/8/11 at 5:42pm
post #2 of 4
probably be ok. depends on what kind and wether or not its conductive. but im sure its fine. maybe try a qtip with some 95% rubbing alcohol?
 
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i had pretty similar experience on my old pc (athlon x2 5000+ black edition)


that is the first time i build a pc myself and i bought an aftermarket cooler(c.m. vortex 752) because the processor doesn't have any cooler with it.


what i did was put all the thermal compound on the cpu that came with it and it was a total disaster


my cpu would overheat to 90+ and occasionally BSOD or just crash


i discovered on youtube on how to put a thermal compound properly.



as long as your temps are good, then you didn't inflict any damage to it.


and to answer your question, putting thermal compound around the CPU is indeed DANGEROUS!

it would make your computer run hotter or worse constant BSOD or crash due to overheating which means you could possibly loose some important data when you are doing work on your pc!
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Use a toothpick or something small like that and scrape it off. Worst case just pull the cpu out. As long as you aren't some giant ogre with the hands of a gorilla and the brains of a gnat then you should be completely fine. Just use a lot less thermal paste.

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