As some of you know, I have made a life project out of mounting the Corsair H50 Liquid Cooler, bending CPU pins and RMA'ing motherboards in the process. No I am not manually adroit, but I am not a total clutz either.
Current problem: Despite my applying the thermal paste in a nice little dob in the middle of the CPU and mounting the H50 in what I thought was the most beautiful of exemplary ways, I get: Corsair Formula CPU Idiot LED only w/no boot to bios.
Unmounting the H50 for I dunno the 8th time maybe, I see that there was probably too much thermal paste. It's friggin everywhere (so much for internet how to videos on how to apply thermal paste, something I have been doing before some OCN members were born)
1) I have the Tuniq TR-1 "Thermal Material Remover" (Tuniq now according to reviews beats out the venerable Arctic Silver thermal compound so I now use Tuniq exclusively). Since the pins are now nicely permeated by this thermal compound, what is the best way to clean it out without bending the pins?
2) I have read where guys (foolhardier than I) actually ran their CPU's through the washing machine or soaked them in soapy water to clean them. Is it safe then to soak my AMD 6-Core in the Tuniq TR-1 Thermal Paste Remover?
3) In applying thermal paste, I think from now on I am going to opt for "less is more" in that I will apply a very, very small dab and then rub it around with a rubber gloved finger just to create a film. Is that better?
4) Bonus Question: Do you think I should forget the Corsair H50 and go with straight air? I have a Tuniq Tower in my #2 computer - easy mount and quiet. Any other suggestions? I AM desperate.
(Need to OC my 3.2 GHz 6-core to 4.0 GHz)
Disclaimer: Now do you see why I adopted the Daffy Duck avatar. It is
very much me.
One reason for optimism, though. You guys always answer my idiotic questions and have yet to laugh at me. For that the Duck is grateful. Edited by incurablegeek - 1/2/11 at 2:58pm