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Just got a intel i5 3470 But it has thermal paste on the contact pins. And quite a big bit in the middle as you will see in the picture below. Now will this affect the cpu or is there anyway to clean this off. Have not tested the CPU yet.


Edited by FlyingSolo - 1/26/16 at 8:01am
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Clean it thoroughly before you put it in a socket. I use q-tips and 99.9% alcohol from an electronics store, but you can use the lower % alcohol from a drug store as well (it will take longer to dry). Just don't put your fingers all over the lands, the oil will cause problems. For getting the grease out from the capacitors in the center, I find a cheap toothbrush works really well to gently brush it away.
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Yeah, using alcohol and gently scrubbing away the paste would do the trick.
    
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Clean it thoroughly before you put it in a socket. I use q-tips and 99.9% alcohol from an electronics store, but you can use the lower % alcohol from a drug store as well (it will take longer to dry). Just don't put your fingers all over the lands, the oil will cause problems. For getting the grease out from the capacitors in the center, I find a cheap toothbrush works really well to gently brush it away.

Thanks will do that. I have q-tips and 99.9% alcohol. How long should i leave it for after cleaning it. Before putting it on the motherboard.
Edited by FlyingSolo - 1/26/16 at 8:43am
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Just a couple of seconds, you should be able to see the alcohol evaporating off of it.
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Just a couple of seconds, you should be able to see the alcohol evaporating off of it.

Thanks hope this works.
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It'll be fine.
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It'll be fine.

Thanks gonna do it now. One more thing once that's done can i swap this CPU with the i5 3570k i have in my plex server without installing fresh OS on it again. Thanks.
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Thanks gonna do it now. One more thing once that's done can i swap this CPU with the i5 3570k i have in my plex server without installing fresh OS on it again. Thanks.

Its very likely it will be fine. It may ask you to re-activate but I would suspect not.
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Its very likely it will be fine. It may ask you to re-activate but I would suspect not.

Thanks.
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