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Is it possible to install a heatsink without thermal paste just to see if it will fit?

I don't want to use the thermal paste in case I have to return it, but I need to see if it will fit.

Will installing without thermal paste damage the processor or heatsink in any way?

(Obviously I won't be able to turn on the computer).
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Originally Posted by Foaric View Post
Is it possible to install a heatsink without thermal paste just to see if it will fit?

I don't want to use the thermal paste in case I have to return it, but I need to see if it will fit.

Will installing without thermal paste damage the processor or heatsink in any way?

(Obviously I won't be able to turn on the computer).
they could scratch. why would you have to send them back?
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you'll be fine if ur just testing for fitting. just DO NOT TURN ON THE COMPUTER
 
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post #4 of 8
Entirely possible for a test fitting. Not good if you plan on actually turning it on before using thermal paste.
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It will survive, but oh lawdy will it get HOT. I had to this once, recently, and it was about 75C idle...
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post #6 of 8
You should be able to get a pretty decent idea of a fit without actually installing it. Just kinda set it on top of it to figure out what you need.
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post #7 of 8
Keep the protective cover on your heatsink base and it'll be fine to test fit. Like others have said though, don't turn on your computer. The outcome would be even worse when the protective cover melts onto your CPU.
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post #8 of 8
i would not reccomned running without thermal paste and new heatsink usally come with thermal paste if you wanna see if it will fit with your ram or watever then its ok but it might scratch or damage your cpu
there must be BETTER contact with cpu and heatsink thats why we put thremal paste between them
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