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Old December 27, 2007, 04:45 PM
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What happens if some thermal paste gets sorta... in the CPU socket and on the back of the CPU? its only alittle and it doesnt seem to be in the way of the cpu circle thingys.. should i get my board and CPU RMAed because of this? or is it fine?
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:08 PM
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They will deny your RMA's if they find thermal paste inside the socket and on the backside of the CPU. Clean it best you can, just be very careful.
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:13 PM
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Most thermal pastes, even if they're non-conductive, will create capacitance if they get into the socket, which will lead to problems before long. So you definitely need to clean it out.

You can use pure isopropyl alcohol or (Arctic Silver's thermal cleaner kit) to wash or carry the paste out of the socket. But yeah, be extremely careful - Socket 775 has the pins on the mobo, not the processor.
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:13 PM
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Damn... Well.. if there is little a REALLY little bit on does it really matter? Its like at the bottom of the socket.. and I cleaned the back of my CPU quite well... with my finger >.< lol
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:22 PM
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Like MpG said get some isopropyl alcohol, that will get it out, BUT be careful. Let it dry for a few hrs, before starting it back up.
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:25 PM
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Aerosol spray contact cleaner is the best solution for this kind of issue.

You can spray the hell out of the socket without needing to muck about the pins with any kind of brush and taking a chance of damaging the pins.
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:26 PM
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Ok.. so what do i have to do? Pour alittle alcohol in the socket and then what?
EDIT: oops didnt see the aerosol solution.. where can i get some of that spray? I still cant use my computer since im still waiting for my WC parts from DC.. can i get some aerosol spray from Home Depot? im planning on going there soon for my T line..
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:30 PM
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Ok.. so what do i have to do? Pour alittle alcohol in the socket and then what?
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Aerosol spray contact cleaner is the best solution for this kind of issue.

You can spray the hell out of the socket without needing to muck about the pins with any kind of brush and taking a chance of damaging the pins.

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Old December 27, 2007, 05:31 PM
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Ok.. so what do i have to do? Pour alittle alcohol in the socket and then what?
EDIT: oops didnt see the aerosol solution.. where can i get some of that spray? I still cant use my computer since im still waiting for my WC parts from DC.. can i get some aerosol spray from Home Depot? im planning on going there soon for my T line..
The source has spray contact cleaner. I think carborator cleaner is the same stuff, but I'm not absolutely sure on that........
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Old December 27, 2007, 05:36 PM
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Ok thanks. So I just spray the part with thermal paste with the aerosol spray and let it dry? Or what else do I have to do?
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