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Replacing thermal paste?

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Hey - so I have a Gigabyte board that is in a boot loop and nothing I try is getting it out. I want to try reseating the cpu to see if that has any effect - what do I have to lose? Nothing else has worked. The problem is I don't have any thermal paste. Will I need to replace the stuff on there or just clean off the cpu? The stock cooler has been on for about 2-3 weeks.
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Reseating the CPU will have no effect.

It is possible to reuse the TIM, but not advisable since air pockets can form and temps can be higher.
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Yes, even Best Buy (if there is one around you) has cheap thermal paste that you can buy to troubleshoot your problem or look up local computer stores in your area (which would probably be better).
    
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
Reseating the CPU will have no effect.

It is possible to reuse the TIM, but not advisable since air pockets can form and temps can be higher.
I figured as much - but it is literally the only thing I haven't tried. I'm just about to RMA too - and if I send it off and they say all is well - then I'm not going to know what to do with myself.
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