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post #11 of 14
So just the cpu has paste on it, not the socket?

Just wipe it off with the q-tip and isopropyl alcohol.

Thought you were talking the socket.
post #12 of 14

AS5 does have some conductibility in it.

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What color was the AS paste? A small grain of rice is all you need, no need to spread it out or mess with it at all. Yes you can clean the cpu contacts off, just make sure its dry and spotless when done. Wont hurt anything Ive done it many times. Just a heads up we haven't had pins on the cpu since socket 478....
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Originally Posted by fenderlove0` View Post

Well the cpu pins for sure. I haven't looked at the pins on the board. I usually put thermal paste on the cpu before I seat it in the socket, I find it to be easier that way...

Only the socket on the motherboard has pins, the cpu itself has flat contacts on the bottom. If you have dirt only on the cpu and not the motherboard, you are fine using q-tips and isopropyl alcohol to clean it.
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