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I was so scared that I bent some of my mobo pins so I decided to take off my intel stock heat sink and look at the pins on the mobo. Lord be praised they're fine. Now thing is even though I haven't turned my pc on because my power supply is still due to be delivered, there was some thermal paste on the processor. I just put the stock fan /heat sink back on. Am I okay or will there have to be a reapplication of paste??
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I would reapply new paste yes.
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Although you would probably be fine it would be best to redo it. Just to be sure.
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Remove the old paste with a coffee filter and a little alcohol, then apply some new stuff.

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quick question though. If I had my pc on for 3 days before replacing the paste will I do a lot of damage?
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quick question though. If I had my pc on for 3 days before replacing the paste will I do a lot of damage?

New paste is always the best course of action. Though you can run the system with the old paste as a stop gap measure until you can get your hands on some new paste. Just be sure to check the load temps.
    
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I've re-applied a heat sink without re-applying paste because I didn't have any around and I was fine. If you see your temps getting high then shut down and grab some thermal paste.
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