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Old August 20, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Default Big deal or not: semi-dry thermal paste on your hands when handling new motherboard



Such a dumbass! I just finished assembling my new PC and as I was about to plug it in, I noticed a stain of dried thermal paste in the palm of my right hand. Now I handled the mobo alot since (carefully tried to) put the paste on the CPU in about two hours ago. I know thermal paste is conductive and can technically fry a board if there's some on the wrong place when you power it. I looked carefully and can't see any on it but I'm deathly afraid a small amount I cant see that I would have may kill the system the second I boot it up.

Am I just paranoid? If not, any advice to do some damage control?

Also this grease would be is particularly hard to scrub off even if i did see any. Was a bitch to wash off of my hand. Its the Coolmaster grease that came with the 212 Hyper heatsink.

Thanks!
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Old August 20, 2011, 10:41 AM
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Okay, I'm paranoid.

After finding someone equally incompetent as myself asking the same question elsewhere, I'm reading that the included thermal compound is both "crap" (shoulda brought some AS5 I guess) and more importantly, that's it's official specs label it as dielectric...

Guess you learn something from your mistakes :)
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Old August 20, 2011, 11:10 AM
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AS5 can be conductive as it's silver based.

Many motherboards have short circuit protections enabled to reduce failures, but not all do and are not 100% guaranteed to work. I myself have dropped things like screwdrivers on running boards and had them spark and survive.
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Old August 20, 2011, 11:43 AM
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Use a non-conductive paste like MX2 most of the newer ones are non-conductive anyways. The board should be fine.
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You will probably die from cancer in 6 months.

Otherwise it's fine unless you really smeared some all over the place.
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Old August 20, 2011, 07:20 PM
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You will probably die from cancer in 6 months.
As long as I can play Skyrim on Ultra before I die, all is well.

Srsly, finishing this box took all day and still plenty of headaches left, but the thermal paste crisis was really nothing. I got scared out of my wits for no reason. Its hard to realize how sturdy good motherboards actually are, you always think you can destroy it all if you blow dust the wrong way, but it really calms you down when you realize people have dropped screwdrivers on lesser boards, witnessed the Mother of All Sparks, and kept on gaming.

Still I thank you all for answering my question :
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Old August 20, 2011, 09:59 PM
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212+ thermal paste isn't electrically conductive, you're fine.
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