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Did I mess up my heatsink?

post #1 of 10
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While opening up my new i5-2500K, I got a bit to excited and touched some of the thermal paste on the stock heatsink. I'm going to be using Arctic Silver 5, and I was wondering, do I need the stock thermal paste, and if so, did I mess it up? If I don't, how would I go around to getting it off there?
post #2 of 10
Nah don't worry about it... you're fine haha. The preapplied thermal paste isn't very effective to begin with so there's not much else you can do to really make it worse than it is.
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So would I have to wipe it off to use Arctic Silver?
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So would I have to wipe it off to use Arctic Silver?

Yep, you would.
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So would I have to wipe it off to use Arctic Silver?
Yup,, Wipe it off, Apply new...
post #6 of 10
Kinda right, but in the future, touching it with your fingers is bad. The oils from your digits is bad for the processor. Its very important to keep the processor as clean as possible. BUT, since you are still using stock thermal paste for now, I wouldn't worry about it.
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post #7 of 10
i haven't done this personally but i was told to just get rid of the stock paste and replace with some good stuff. use Q-tips with acetone to clean it off.. it does not harm anything.
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hehe I get excited when I get new stuff too
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post #9 of 10
Oh and one more thing.. make sure the Qtip does not leave little residue... u might want to think of using the coffee filters.. or one of those micro fiber cloths. something of that nature.
post #10 of 10
As the previous posters have said, wipe it all off and then apply the new paste.
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