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Last night I installed a full cover block on my EVGA GTX 680 FTW 4gb. My question is - I was worried that if the thermal paste goes past the GPU die a little bit would I ruin the graphic card if some thermal paste gets on the area around the gpu die. it's such a small die and i think I put some too close to the edge and it might of gone over the gpu die a little bit. it seams like a very hard area to clean if I did get some thermal paste on it. It's not really the PCB but it's green and very textured. I would imagine the card would be ok because I'm sure the thermal paste goes over the edge a lot.
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Dont' worry about it. We all had some spelage before and all is good.
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Dont' worry about it. We all had some spelage before and all is good.

Cool thanks for the reply. I'm not talking about a lot of spillage but maybe just a tiny bit. This is the first time I have removed a stock cooler from a gpu and installed a full cover block. The area around the GPU is so ruff that it seems impossible to clean the paste off of. I might take apart the block one more time to see how it looks. It was really exciting to finally finish one of my cards. I'm going to finish my second card tonight and start putting my loop back together.
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Cool thanks for the reply. I'm not talking about a lot of spillage but maybe just a tiny bit. This is the first time I have removed a stock cooler from a gpu and installed a full cover block. The area around the GPU is so ruff that it seems impossible to clean the paste off of. I might take apart the block one more time to see how it looks. It was really exciting to finally finish one of my cards. I'm going to finish my second card tonight and start putting my loop back together.

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You could use ear-picks and try to clean it up. But it will not damage any components/ICs if you left it as is.
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As eXXon said, use ear buds/picks to clean up any excess, it takes couple minutes.
Dont be putting any alcohol near it though as it may get into the TIM on the core and ruin your new TIM application.
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Thanks a lot for the replies. Is it ok to keep removing the waterblock after the TIM application. I know once I use the card and remove the block I need to reapply TIM but before I use the card is it ok to remove the block a couple times.
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Originally Posted by strong island 1 View Post

Thanks a lot for the replies. Is it ok to keep removing the waterblock after the TIM application. I know once I use the card and remove the block I need to reapply TIM but before I use the card is it ok to remove the block a couple times.

It doesn't matter if you use the card or not. Air gets in the TIM and it will perform poorly (cooling wise).
Always replace the paste once the you remove the block (even for a couple of seconds).
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It doesn't matter if you use the card or not. Air gets in the TIM and it will perform poorly (cooling wise).
Always replace the paste once the you remove the block (even for a couple of seconds).

Ok cool, I didn't realize that. I guess I will have to take the block apart one more time. Thanks for letting me know.
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