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http://puu.sh/pmYMA/56f9ff1137.jpg

Omg, I I accidently messed up applying my thermal paste, is this going to damage the board?
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It'll be fine, I'm sure everyone here has gotten at least that much on the board before. Get some Q-tips and wipe it up as best you can, then apply a little bit of isopropyl alcohol to another Q-tip and do it again. Repeat until you can't see any more of it. If some stay in a hard to reach area you can also try a toothpick. If you have the ArctiClean kit (from the same guys that make Arctic Silver) that stuff can be used too.

Of course be sure to unplug power before doing this, just to be safe. smile.gif
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thanks for the reply, Im honestly just panicing right now lol. Sorry if I have posted in the wrong section as well.
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so its fine to apply alcohol onto the board pins itself?
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No worries, just be gentle with it. Chances are good that it'd start up fine even if you didn't bother cleaning it up, but it's good practice all the same.

Edit: Just apply the alcohol to a Q-tip and wipe down the affected area with them to limit the amount used. When you say 'pins' what are you referring to? It doesn't look like you should have anything in the CPU socket. If you just mean the diodes (or whatever) next to the CPU socket then yes, it's fine to get a little alcohol on them when cleaning. It'll evaporate pretty quickly, after all.
Edited by technodanvan - 6/9/16 at 3:28pm
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http://puu.sh/pn0Rx/ef1745105c.jpg I was refering to that part in particular, once again, sorry.
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No problem! Alcohol won't hurt those in the amount you'll be using. smile.gif
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