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Thermal paste on pin side of Q9650

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Just purchased a Q9650 off craigslist and noticed when I got home that there is some TIM on the bottom of the cpu. Cleaned it off gently, but can still see where it was. Not on the pins at all, just slightly dark spots.

I am not sure what TIM was used on it previously, but would guess stock intel cooler and TIM.

It is clean, but don't want to install it and have it fry. Am I fine? Should I try to clean it some more and if so, how careful do I have to be cleaning that side of the chip? Methods to clean it all off?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 5
try using 90% alcohol and cotton swab to clean it,But be careful.
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use medical alcohol or meths then leave for a few min to dry... you will be safe
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What I figured, but never dealt with it before and wanted to make sure.

Thanks for the advice.
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post #5 of 5
why dount you just try the CPu and see what happens? Im pretty sure a little tiny bit of Thermal Paste will not fuzz **** up.
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